ANC-majority council again votes in DA mayor, party promises swift action

2013-07-02 18:50

The ANC has threatened “swift action” against its Tlokwe municipality councillors who again voted in an opposition mayor this afternoon.

This has resulted in the party losing control of the Potchestroom municipality after reinstating ANC mayor Maphetle Maphetle at the end of February.

He lost was first ousted in November following a vote of no confidence, but was returned after President Jacob Zuma led a delegation of party leaders to the municipality and forced ANC councillors to sign a pledge to return him.

Last year, Maphetle’s detractors submitted a dossier to ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, detailing allegations of corruption and mismanagement against their mayor.

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said today’s move was calculated to “embarrass the ANC”.

“They can’t look the president of the ANC in the eyes and call themselves ANC members.

“They are still in front of an ANC disciplinary committee in the North West. While that has not even been concluded, they have removed the mayor again. We will be taking swift action and we will be decisive,” a fuming Mthembu said.

He said the party had been taken aback by the latest move to remove the mayor as the 30 ANC councillors had shown remorse when the party’s national working committee held a meeting with them earlier this year.

North West DA leader has been re-elected Annette Combrink by 29 of the council’s 52 councillors in today’s meeting.

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