ANC respects Tlokwe decision

2013-07-29 18:50
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Johannesburg - The ANC respects the decision by the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Monday, to dismiss an application to nullify the council meeting at which Tlokwe mayor Maphetle Maphetle was unseated.

"The ANC maintains its respect for the judiciary and the ability of our courts to dispense justice without fear or favour," ANC North West spokesperson Kenny Morolong said in a statement.

"This court decision is a temporary set-back for the ANC, but will not defocus our movement from its historic mission of ensuring a better life for the people of Tlokwe and all South Africans."

Judge Neil Tuchten said on Monday that the council meeting and the decisions of the council to remove Maphetle and vote in DA councillor Annette Combrink as mayor were lawful.

"It is declared that the occupation of the municipal office premises by the second applicant [Maphetle] and other respondents [to the DA's counter application to have them vacate the offices]... is unlawful," he said.

"The respondents... are hereby ordered to vacate the office premises... before 10:00 on the day following the granting of this order."

Tuchten said the sheriff of the court was directed to evict whoever did not comply with the order.

DA leader Helen Zille said the party welcomed the judgment.

"Today's ruling means that the DA now officially governs Tlokwe, and will do so for the foreseeable future," she said in a statement.

"This is an important moment in the continued growth of the DA across the country, and in the continued realignment of South African politics...

"The positive response from the residents of Tlokwe to the DA taking control of Tlokwe has been overwhelming."

DA in Tlokwe

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

The application by Maphetle and Tlokwe speaker Barei Segotso sought to have the meeting at which Combrink was voted in nullified.

Zille said the judgment allowed Combrink and her team to enter their offices.

"[It also]... ends the ANC's attempts over the last month to make it impossible for the DA to begin delivering a stable, clean, and efficient government in Tlokwe."

On 3 July, the day after the council meeting, the ANC's North West provincial disciplinary committee expelled 14 of its councillors. They were also removed as Tlokwe councillors.

Morolong said the ANC would explain the court's decision to its members.

"Furthermore, the ANC will intensify all efforts aimed at mobilising our people for the forthcoming by-elections in the affected wards in Tlokwe," he said.

"We call upon all members and supporters of the ANC to once more ensure an overwhelming victory for the ANC in these by-elections, to entrench the will of our people and the hegemony of our movement."

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