Limpopo ANC members go head-to-head

2014-07-16 19:09
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Johannesburg - The Limpopo ANC will use an old disciplinary outcome to get 22 recently expelled councillors out of the troubled municipality.

This follows a decision by the expelled 22 to remain in their positions as councillors - and one of them as mayor of Mogalakwena - pending the outcome of the appeal against their expulsion from the ANC.

Party provincial spokesperson Khumbudzo Ntshavheni told City Press the 22 councillors who were expelled from the ANC earlier this month had previously been suspended from the party and were ordered to cease representing the ruling party as councillors.

They were found guilty of bringing the ANC into disrepute and prejudicing the integrity or repute of the organisation, and the same outcome on fresh but related charges led to their expulsion by the provincial disciplinary committee earlier this month.

The mayor and 21 others have been pulling in the opposite direction to the 30 remaining ANC councillors. The 22 were part of a resolution to get KPMG to probe council books.

KPMG uncovered gross maladministration and corrupt activities and implicated former mayor Tlhalefi Mashamaite, who at some point, had acquired 27 heavily armed personal bodyguards using council resources.

It was the same 22 councillors who also voted with opposition parties for the removal of Mashamaite and replaced him with Malose Mabuela.

Ntshavheni said: “They were previously found guilty and had their membership suspended between one and two years, and they received the same outcome in an appeal with the national disciplinary committee. That made it clear that they could not continue holding their positions and representing the ANC.

“We are aware that they have lodged appeals. But processes were on to have them removed as ANC representatives in Mogalakwena – based on the initial disciplinary outcome where their membership was suspended – and they cannot appeal perpetually.”


The councillors have since lodged their appeal and vowed to remain ANC councillors until “constitutional processes produce fair disciplinary outcome”.

They have accused the ANC in Limpopo of protecting the corrupt and removing anyone who dares expose corrupt comrades.

Mabuela said he remains Mogalakwena mayor because he believes the Limpopo ANC’s disciplinary committee’s decision was “unfair and unreasonable” in that they were to vacate their positions with immediate effect.

“The ANC constitution gives anyone found guilty 21 days to appeal and, therefore, we continue to be councillors representing the ANC in Mogalakwena until the appeal outcome,” he said.

“The problem is people are now using emotions when they are supposed to be guided by the constitution of the ANC.

“It will be wrong for the ANC to punish us because we have exposed corruption when leadership was reluctant to act on those implicated in corruption and maladministration through professional findings,” said Mabuela.

He said: “We have succeeded in court and prevented [the] Limpopo government from placing Mogalakwena under administration because the municipality’s finances are alright. We don’t owe anyone, we have reserves and service delivery has not been affected at all.”

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