ANC wants DA mayor removed at Tlokwe

By Drum Digital
26 February 2013

The ANC wants the DA mayor removed from Tlokwe because it does not have faith in her leadership, according to a document circulated ahead of a motion of no confidence at a council meeting at the North West municipality on Tuesday.

"We, the undersigned, proposer and seconder on behalf of the ANC caucus in Tlokwe City Council, herewith submit the following motion for debate, consideration and acceptance by council as follows:

"That the executive major Cllr Prof [Anette] Combrink be removed from office with immediate effect," the ANC said in the document.

Fighting African National Congress factions passed a motion of no confidence in party-aligned mayor Maphetle Maphetle in November.

He was replaced by Combrink -- the first Democratic Alliance mayor in the province -- when she defeated ANC candidate Lucky Tsagae by 20 votes to 19 for the mayoral position.

The ANC now wants the position back.

"The executive mayor... is a member of the Democratic Alliance," the ANC said in the document.

"As such, she is bound by the policies of the DA. The major constituents within the jurisdiction of the Tlokwe City Council voted for the ANC and therefore expect the executive mayor to abide by the national, provincial and local policies and manifestos of the ANC to be implemented for purposes of service delivery to them.

"It is [untenable] for the Tlokwe City Council, which has the majority of councillors representing the ANC, [to be] led by a member of the DA in the executive.

"As a result, we have to place it on record that we do not have faith and confidence in her leadership and ensuring that the interests of the majority constituency shall be provided for."

-by Sapa

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