Tlokwe mayor judgment expected

2013-07-29 08:53

Johannesburg - Judgment in an application to nullify a council meeting that unseated Tlokwe Mayor Maphetle Maphetle will be handed down in the High Court in Pretoria on Monday.

On Thursday, Democratic Alliance leader in the North West Chris Hattingh welcomed the possibility that the "impasse" in the Tlokwe municipality in Potchefstroom could come to an end.

"[We] will do everything to restore stability and respect in the Tlokwe municipality," he said at the time.

Judgment in the case was postponed by the North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday, but no date was given.

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

The next day, the ANC's North West provincial disciplinary committee expelled 14 of its councillors. They were also removed as Tlokwe councillors.

The ANC was trying to have the meeting at which Combrink was voted in as mayor nullified. The party said it did not recognise her as mayor, and that Maphetle still held the post.

On 10 July, the ANC served court papers on 48 Tlokwe municipal councillors - 26 of them ANC councillors, 19 DA, two Freedom Front Plus, and one from the Congress of the People.

  • Marlene Black - 2013-07-29 09:15

    The solution is simple: How well has council performed under the DA compared with the performance of the ANC?

      Pieter Grobler - 2013-07-29 09:40

      @Marlene - The solution you suggest, however elegant, is not as simple. No one in the ANC controlled judiciary will agree to such an investigation. And even IF they agree, we understand what the outcome will be...the ANC will emerge triumphant, in spite of facts that prove the contrary. One can not reason with idiocy, as it goes hand in hand with violence. Once it appears to the idiot that he is losing his argument, he resorts to violence.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2013-07-29 09:57

      Marlene. To me the question is more how well they all could have served the people with a party who is not loosing its power, but decided on another party's mayor candidate who they believing will be a better mayor, while both working together for the benefit of all. What a lost opportunity!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Tersia Louw - 2013-07-29 09:58

      If the ruling goes against the ANC and they don't abide by it, we're all in the dwang.

      Deon Kruger - 2013-07-29 10:01

      Either way the ruling goes this will go to an appeal, and more of the tax payers money will be wasted

      Migal Sale - 2013-07-29 11:25

      The ruling is going to be in favour of the ANC because the appointment of DA was illegal and unconstitutional. The DA should not put much hope on this case because they also know that they are power hungry and just waiting like Hungry vultures to take over. I will suggest they go out to the community and try to gunner more support for the coming bi-elections rather than trying all possible illegal tricks to oust the ANC in a municipality they won fairly on elections. Let them leave ANC fight its own political squabbles without any interference form DA and all disgruntle dismissed ANC members.

      Tersia Louw - 2013-07-29 13:13

      Migal Sale - I'm delighted to inform you that you're SO WRONG!

  • mlondolozi.matshini - 2013-07-29 09:30

    This just shows how its not about "Service delivery", its all about bieng in control of all those billions of rand. Making sure they stay withing the ANC.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2013-07-29 09:51

      Must be true because having the power in the counsel the ANC member could at anytime veto a decision that the new mayor or DA wanted to make. My sympathy is partly with those members who are now chased away. They knew that they still maintain the power, but decided to go for a better mayor to serve the people. It could have been one of the best examples to show how a party could have maintain its strength while working together to benefit the ones they serve. tsk, tsk tsk!!!

      Migal Sale - 2013-07-29 11:32

      That is ridiculous comment I have ever read in my whole entire life. A stupid and unfound not to be taken seriously by all of us. It has not been tested in any court of law. You should not be allowed any space or time to say things that are not true to public viewing.

      Tersia Louw - 2013-07-29 13:15

      Migal - please explain the Merc, then? I do understand your panic and depression, though; I'd also be desperate if I were an ANC supporter. It's all going sooo wrong.

  • Poloyatonki Kgosi - 2013-07-29 09:47

    DA and ANC politics are boring, its time for new powerful and young movement. Viva EFF.

      kalabafazi - 2013-07-29 10:03

      About the only thing powerful about the eff is the smell of corruption

      nu_un_clear - 2013-07-29 10:04


      Migal Sale - 2013-07-29 11:41

      I foresee many rape allegations, corruption, power struggle, womanisers, thieves, drunkenness, money laundry and all sorts of criminal acts in this skhothanas's EFF. Everybody who is a womaniser and drunkard and have only aim of stealing public funds for self enrichment will be given a membership card in this jokers EFF party. I mean who will dare support and vote for these clowns unless they are in favour of all ill behaviour within this party? Just check all the life style background of Julious Malema,Kenny Thapelo Kunene, Floyd Shivambu, Mpho Ramakats and Fana Mokoena. All of them are famous of been womaniser of the century and had publicly shown that behaviour without fear of any one. I would not waist my vote for these clowns and they should be send to Zimbabwe were they will be warmly welcomed in a country of clowns.

  • Piet Klaassens - 2013-07-29 09:51

    And you will die of hunger kgosi. Cause the(EFF) dont care about you. They dont even know you exist.

  • Banele Jay Jay - 2013-07-29 10:39

    The ANC is just using the courts to overturn a democratic decision, majority votes in the Tlokwe municipality but the seating was constitutional. Zuma said: "iANC izobusa kuze kubuye indodana" & I wondered: Jesus might be back in Western Cape, Nkandla & Tlokwe.

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