Councillors cry foul

2018-10-31 06:01
Members of the DA rejoice after Cllr Pule Thabane of the ANC was voted in as mayor during a special council meeting on Thursday (25/10), while Patrick Mabilo was outvoted. Thabane received 33 votes in a secret ballot, while Mabilo received 30 votes.Photo: Christiaan Cloete

Members of the DA rejoice after Cllr Pule Thabane of the ANC was voted in as mayor during a special council meeting on Thursday (25/10), while Patrick Mabilo was outvoted. Thabane received 33 votes in a secret ballot, while Mabilo received 30 votes.Photo: Christiaan Cloete

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The nine ANC councillors expelled from the party are crying foul after being expelled for voting out one of their own, previous Mayor Mangaliso Matika, in July.

They are utilising the 21-day period of sanction to review the decision from the disciplinary process taken by the ANC for the violation of Rule 25.17.10.

The rule specifies participation in factional activities which are in contravention of the constitution and policy positions of the ANC.

The councillors were only expelled by the Frances Baard Region on Friday (26/10), following another act of misconduct, wherein they failed to support the ANC’s mayoral candidate of choice, Patrick Mabilo, and instead supported Pule Thabane, who is dubbed the “people’s choice”.

According to the ANC in the Frances Baard Region, the councillors were expelled for colluding with the opposition to remove Matika, although action was only taken after the recent council meeting. They are now accused of not supporting another preferred ANC mayoral candidate, Patrick Mabilo.

Mabilo was outvoted at a special council meeting on Thursday (25/10) and Thabane was voted in as mayor with 33 votes in a secret ballot, while Mabilo received 30 votes.

Webster Dichaba, ANC regional secretary, has confirmed that the councillors in question are Pula Thabane, Pius Tshite, Elizabeth Johnson, Boitumelo Stout, Motlalepula Wapad, Yvonne Qonga, Gladys Monyamane, Pulane Kwagile and Samson Mpampi, who were charged with participating in an unlawful and illegal special council meeting to remove an ANC deployee, Magaliso Matika, as the executive mayor.

Kwagile’s situation regarding the expulsion is reported to still be undecided by the ANC while Mpampi was allegedly re-deployed.

That, according to Dichaba, is in contravention of the ANC constitution that divisions negatively impacted on the image of the ANC and compromised the unity of the ANC by voting with the opposition.

“The provincial executive committee met in a special session on 1 September and permission was granted to institute disciplinary proceedings against the affected councillors.

“The charge sheet was drafted and was served on the affected councillors on 3 September,” said Dichaba.

“We are still councillors of the Sol Plaatje Municipality.

“We have not transgressed in any way. Thus we are reviewing the decision,” said Tshite.

It is not yet clear as to whether the community is going to oppose the decision by the party, given the fact that the councillors are expelled from the party but not from council.

The Sol Plaatje Community Forum reserved to comment on the expulsion issue out of concern of getting involved in political terrains.

During the formation of the forum earlier this year one of the objectives was not to be affiliated to any political party but to push for service delivery.

All eyes are still on the much-anticipated release of the Section 106 report, which will reveal who is to be charged for any acts of misconduct on local government level.

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