Reinstated Tlokwe councillors not up for by-election

2013-08-27 08:35

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None of the 14 expelled and reinstated Tlokwe councillors are candidates in the by-elections being held next month.

“None of them are on the list,” African National Congress North West spokesman Ishmael Mnisi said yesterday.

The ANC’s 10 candidates for the September 18 elections were Macro Mothopeng, Jimmy Msindi, Jefta Monaise, Glenrose Maroganye, Duduetsang Modise, Thabo Melamu, Thapelo Skhosana, Dodo Maneli, Oupa Mogoshane, and Pogiso Maetla.

The 14 councillors were expelled in July after the ANC’s provincial disciplinary committee (PDC) found them guilty of four counts of misconduct for participating in a motion of no confidence against Tlokwe mayor Maphetle Maphetle.

He was replaced by Democratic Alliance councillor Annette Combrink.

On Sunday, the ANC’s national disciplinary committee (NDC) said it had overturned the PDC’s decision.

NDC chairman Derek Hanekom said it was found a misconduct charge was brought seven months after the alleged incident when the ANC constitution stated that charges be instituted within three months.

The 14 were also charged with failing to endorse the appointment of the municipal manager in June.

Hanekom said the NDC had found the evidence put forward by the councillors for not supporting Maphetle was “possibly true“.

In a statement, the ANC’s provincial working committee said it accepted the decision to reinstate the councillors.

“The decision enhances the unity and cohesion of the ANC in Tlokwe and the province in general,” it said.

“We hope that the reinstated members will now conduct themselves in keeping with the ANC constitution, principles and values and that they will put the interest of the organisation above everything else.”

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