Two Limpopo mayors removed

2015-06-02 11:50

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Polokwane - Two Limpopo mayors were removed by the African National Congress in the region after a special Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) meeting on Monday night, the party’s provincial spokesperson Khumbudzo Ntshavheni said.

The party said Thalefi Mashamaite, mayor of Mogalakwena municipality, and Seriti Sekgoloane, mayor of Blouberg municipality, were removed ''as part of the ANC's continued efforts to strengthen municipal capacity for improved service delivery''.

The PEC recommended that they be made ordinary councillors.

This is the second time Mashamaite has been removed.

“These comrades will remain as councillors in the respective municipalities. The process to appoint new mayors for these municipalities will be concluded within the next two weeks through the relevant structures,” said Ntshavheni.

No other details were provided on why they were removed.

No confidence

In October 2013, former Mogalakwena municipal manager Willy Kekana opened a case against Mashamaite after his laptop and that of his secretary were allegedly found at Mashamaite’s office following a break-in.

In February 2014, Mashamaite allegedly spent at least R830 000 on private security guards. ANC councillors subsequently passed a motion of no confidence in Mashamaite, and he was ousted.

However, the councillors were subjected to a disciplinary hearing, found guilty and expelled from the ruling party in July.

At the time the councillors defied their expulsion and continued to report for duty, a situation which gave rise to two factions in the municipality and two mayors - William Mabuela and Mashamaite.


But the ANC secured a court interdict, and a by-election date for the position. Days later a council meeting was convened at a local hotel and Mashamaite was re-instated as mayor.

His re-appointment triggered another outcry in the area as resident associations and local civic organisations said they did not trust his leadership.

The ANC defended him, saying he was innocent until proven guilty.

Until last week, residents in Mogalakwena's main townships of Mahwelereng and Mokopane were up in arms over poor service delivery.

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