Ramaphosa, Duarte in Tlokwe

2013-07-17 16:46
Maphetle Maphetle, die uitgeskopte ANC-burgemeester van Tlokwe. | Foto: Felix Dlangamandla

Maphetle Maphetle, die uitgeskopte ANC-burgemeester van Tlokwe. | Foto: Felix Dlangamandla

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Tlokwe municipality battle continues

2013-07-15 08:22

Residents of Marikana informal settlement near Potchefstroom say they are feeling neglected as the battle for control over Tlokwe municipality continues. Watch.WATCH

Johannesburg - ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa and deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte were meeting the party's Tlokwe councillors in Potchefstroom on Wednesday.

African National Congress spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi said Ramaphosa and Duarte would also meet party structures.

The two would report back to the rest of the party's top officials after the meeting.

This follows the unseating, for a second time, of Tlokwe mayor Maphetle Maphetle earlier this month.

ANC councillors voted with the Democratic Alliance to unseat Maphetle.

On 2 July, DA councillor Annette Combrink was voted in as the new mayor, for the second time since November, again unseating Maphetle.

The next day, the North West ANC's provincial disciplinary committee expelled 14 of its councillors who voted him out.

The provincial working committee has in the meantime appointed six new proportional representation councillors for the municipality. By-elections will be held soon to elect new ward councillors.

However, the ANC is adamant that Maphetle remains Tlokwe mayor because it claims the council meeting, where he was unseated, was unlawful.

The party has applied to the High Court in Pretoria for it to declare the meeting illegal.

ANC vacate offices call

The Democratic Alliance on Wednesday called on Ramaphosa to ensure that the ANC vacated the Tlokwe municipal offices after his visit.

"The ANC's occupation of the municipal offices is in direct opposition to calls from residents and the no-confidence motion against their former mayor," North West leader Chris Hattingh said in a statement.

"It is unacceptable that the ANC is prepared to go to court to protect Mr Maphetle against forensic audit findings of corruption, while important delivery projects, such as dealing with dangerous housing conditions due to unsafe dolomitic rocks, need to be delayed."

While the DA was in charge last year, it requested a forensic investigation into irregularities at the municipality. The probe found that the council had irregularly bought Maphetle a R736 000 customised Mercedes-Benz. Maphetle also allegedly abused the disaster management fund and poverty relief fund.

The report recommended that formal disciplinary action be taken against him and other officials.

In May, the DA laid criminal charges against Maphetle. In June, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said she would investigate the claims of corruption involving Maphetle.

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