ANC Tlokwe mayor stays - court

2013-03-28 21:04
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Johannesburg - The battle of political musical chairs for the Tlokwe mayorship seems over for the moment after a high court ruling went the ANC's way on Thursday.

"The judge found against our application and in favour of the ANC on technical grounds," said Democratic Alliance spokesperson Chris Hattingh.

African National Congress councillor Maphetle Maphetle has now been given legal confirmation of his right to hold the mayoral office since his reappointment in late February.

In November, warring factions in the ANC passed a motion of no confidence in Maphetle, who was replaced as mayor by DA councillor Annette Combrink.

Combrink was herself ousted when a motion of no confidence was passed in January.

The DA went to the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria to contest the tabling of the no-confidence motion, alleging that the process had contained several irregularities.

It was this case that the party lost on Thursday.

Hattingh said the DA respected the rule of law, but it did want to study some aspects of the judgment.

"We respect the outcome... At this stage there is nothing that we contemplate doing."

ANC provincial spokesperson Kenny Morolong said that the party was elated that the DA's "bid to undermine a democratic process" had failed.

"It was a travesty of democracy for the municipality of Tlokwe to have had a DA mayor when it [the DA] had received low levels of electoral support during the local government elections."

Morolong said the ANC implored the DA to accept and "embrace" the court ruling.

Read more on:    da  |  anc  |  chris hattingh  |  maphetle maphetle  |  mahikeng  |  politics  |  tlokwe leadership battle
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