DA confident it will win Tlokwe ward

By Drum Digital
18 September 2013

The DA is confident it will win the Ward Six by-election in Tlokwe.

The DA is confident it will win the Ward Six by-election in Tlokwe on Wednesday. "Under the previous councillor, which was an ANC member, very little was done, little public meetings and public participation," Democratic Alliance candidate for the ward Johann Coetzee said outside a voting station at the North West health department. "We believe the people of this ward deserve betterand we can give them that."

Coetzee said the previous councillor, Lorraine Phakedi, had failed the community when it came to basic services such as road markings and addressing the people's needs.

The only time she had stood up and done something, by trying to fight corruption, she was fired, he said.

Phakedi was one of 14 councillors expelled by the African National Congress in July after its provincial disciplinary committee found them guilty on four counts of misconduct for participating in a motion of no confidence against the then Tlokwe mayor Maphetle Maphetle.

Maphetle was replaced by DA councillor Annette Combrink.

The ANC's national disciplinary committee later overturned the expulsions.

Despite this, eight of the councillors have registered as independent candidates for the by-elections.

No independent candidate is contesting Ward Six.

The ward is being contested by Coetzee for the DA, Japhta Monaisa for the ANC and Lesego Malepe for the Azanian People's Organisation.

Coetzee said the DA had worked hard campaigning and doing door-to-door visits in the area ahead of the elections.

"People on the ground want a government that can speak to them and we believe we are in the best position to do that."

By-elections were to have been held in nine Tlokwe wards on Wednesday, however the Electoral Court in Bloemfontein ordered on Tuesday evening that five of them be postponed.

This followed an application by five independent candidates who were disqualified from taking part in the by-elections by the Independent Electoral Commission.

A sixth by-election, in Ward 13, was earlier postponed after an out-of-court settlement.

-by Sapa

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