ANC trying to get Potch mayor reinstated

2013-01-11 10:38

Potchefstroom - The North West branch of the ANC is looking for legal loopholes in order to get its mayor reinstated in Tlokwe, the municipality that Potchefstroom falls under, Business Day reported on Friday.

The party is hopeful that the appointment of the Democratic Alliance's Annette Combrink as mayor is invalid because she turned to her cellphone to accept the nomination.

"She sent an SMS to accept the nomination. According to the legal opinion, that does not stand," ANC mayoral committee member for economic development Lucky Tsagae told the newspaper.

He said that the party was waiting for a council meeting to be called by the speaker in order for the matter to be discussed.

Motion of no confidence

In November, a motion of no confidence in ANC mayor Maphetle Maphetle was passed by warring factions in the party.

Combrink subsequently replaced him.

ANC provincial spokesperson Kenny Morolong told Business Day that the provincial branch of the party would be "intensifying its resolve to reclaim" the municipality.

"The ANC will observe all legal process in the quest towards the reinstatement of comrade Maphetle Maphetle as the mayor of Tlokwe," he told the newspaper.

  • kuno.tschumi.5 - 2013-01-11 10:48

    even Maphetle's colleagues voted against him in the vote of no confidence and now the cANCer thinks its the best thing to get him back into the post. Can you maybe, just maybe find at least another crook... why make the same mistake twice? Morons...

  • rowan.maulson - 2013-01-11 10:50

    Would be interesting to know what legal opinion they got.. I can't see how sending an SMS doesn't constitute as acceptance since their is a record of her accepting.

      mike.down.5492 - 2013-01-11 12:03

      I would say that she has ratified her acceptance by moving into the post and executing her duties, the SMS is a red herring. Strange that nobody has a problem with the quality of her work but rather the party to which she belongs.

  • pws69 - 2013-01-11 10:54

    This was too funny for words. I'm sure there is blood on the floor at LootFreely House.

      msophiasharp - 2013-01-11 12:11

      Wonderful LootFreely (aka Luthuli) House, so APT!! Have a Bells LOL.... Rotten cancerous so-called ANC!!!

  • JohnDough - 2013-01-11 10:55

    The ANC should look for a medical miracle find the brains of those that were dumb enough to let this happen in the first place (not that I am complaining). The cANCer have zero idea how a true democracy works.

  • marc.schnehage - 2013-01-11 10:57

    I'll bet that since November 2012, no money has been stolen or embezzeld from the municipality. No official has been suspended for blowing the whistle. No new 4x4's have been bought to drive around a town whose terrain is flatter than the Free State. No councillors and officials have been on "study tours" to the USA, Britain or Italy. etc etc

      mo.matt.14 - 2013-01-11 12:29

      Yes Marc. If only the stupid ANC gitts would look past their hatred and racism, they would see what results this woman have within the few months that she has been mayor. She IMMEDIATELY appointed a task team to go out into the streets and start cleaning up the litter. Potch hasn't been this clean in many years. And when they thought they were done, she sent them into the townships to go and clean up there too. The people of the townships were very helpful and very greatful and proud that their area was cleaned as well. There is ACTUAL results. And that is why the corrupt ANC is falling over their feet to "reclaim" it. They are scared that people will actually see what service look like, and people will smarten up and not vote for them next election...

      timmy.ditsele - 2013-01-11 13:56

      Most people are not going to vote in 2014 for the ANC including me

      ivan.barnard.7 - 2013-01-11 14:17

      I agree with all that you have said, except that Potch's terrain is flatter than the Free State. We drove through Potch last Saturday, I thought I was in Bourke's Luck, Mpumalanga. The potholes in Potch are almost as deep and wide. Sorry I take that statement back, they were wider and deeper. I suppose that would explain the 4x4 purchases by the previous ANC regime of Potch.

  • talana.malherbe - 2013-01-11 10:58

    ANC, show some b@lls and then at least appoint someone who can actually do the job. Why on earth would anyone with a bit of intelligence would want to reinstate a mayor who were voted out because he didn't do his job??? What is wrong with you???

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-01-11 11:08

      What's wrong with them? Where to start...

      john.loveland.9 - 2013-01-11 12:07

      Why should they appoint anyone.... They were voted their own man out of power... They lost. They should have used their brains before they voted. Now they must live with a DA mayor

      msophiasharp - 2013-01-11 12:11

      They don't have balls neither brains, the dimwits!!!!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-11 11:00

    By hook or by crook. Still wondering why this country is slowly slipping into the muck. deeper and deeper?

      terry.burne - 2013-01-11 15:30

      The ANC have dropped the "By Hook" part of the expression - they just do it "By Crook"!!!

  • bobby.jaan.92 - 2013-01-11 11:02

    Mmm - 'Tlokwe' - wasn't it also the brandname for the tradional beer brewed there some yours ago? A very appropriate name for this municipality under these circumstances I would say...

      bobby.jaan.92 - 2013-01-11 12:00

      craig - who said I am white?

      alan.jerrold - 2013-01-11 12:13

      craigdmf - for Pete's sake take your racist spectacles off. You're worse than Jimmy Manyi and that is really saying something.

      msophiasharp - 2013-01-11 12:15

      bobby.jaan92 LOL SĂȘ vir hom Kees!!!

      Killbot79 - 2013-01-11 12:20

      @craig - STFU racist pig!

      frederick.kaczynski - 2013-01-11 12:41

      What Craig? The same "typical white privilege thinking" that invented that computer your using. Twat.

  • PureProteas - 2013-01-11 11:03

    well then the association of national clowns cant use electronic means to count votes, no pc's no calculators, use your brain, oh wait, nothing there so no contest

      msophiasharp - 2013-01-11 12:17

      No no, you've got it wrong Association of National Clowns know how to break every conceivable law (even the ones they make but CANNOT execute or apply) They have state-of-the-art leptops, celery phones, etc. and abodes as they cannot let thy other ANC neighbour outshine them, hau!!!

  • tersia.louw.12 - 2013-01-11 11:05

    Kenny Morolong, you had an ANC mayor who cocked up. He's gone. Get over it. Move on. Leave Potch to someone who can actually do the job. You might even like it.

  • mart.botha - 2013-01-11 11:08

    How will we ever be able to 'soar with the eagles', when we have to waste so much time dealing with these turkeys ????

      willie.erasmus - 2013-01-11 11:54

      LOL!!! That made me laugh!

  • daniel.rademan - 2013-01-11 11:08

    is my cell phone banking transactions now invalid?

      msophiasharp - 2013-01-11 12:19

      Jip according to some individual with limited intellec/intelligence LOL!!!

      Killbot79 - 2013-01-11 12:21

      The ANC will do anything to get corruption involved.

  • John - 2013-01-11 11:09

    An SMS is a wriiten record albeit electro magnetic and digital on the cell phone company's data base and on the sender's and receiver's cell phones all RICA registered! Sorry morons, you LOSE!!!! RESET boot up and start again! Your ETHICAL MEMBERS see what criminals you ARE!!!

  • darryl.maze1 - 2013-01-11 11:14

    Your own comrads voted against you. Now as typical ANC idiots you gonna waste money to try and reinstate a corrupt official. Just get over it, you lost and now your out. It's just pathetic how the ANC will try so hard to get a corrupt official back into power, Why not put more power into sorting out educationand the poor than worry more about a corrupt official???????

  • francois.delange - 2013-01-11 11:17

    I would rather ask Are we better or worse off? What has she done wrong? Just shows it is all about power to individuals and not service to the people. What a pity!

  • SARealist - 2013-01-11 11:26

    Cell phones are world wide an acceptable means of communication. Some countries even allow a man to divorce his wife by sending 3 smss. So why can't the ANC just accept that fact that their own members stuffed up.

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-01-11 11:48

      I don't think their own members stuffed up; I think it's a rare case of ANC members putting service to their people ahead of party politics.

  • avremel.niselow - 2013-01-11 11:29

    I wish this also happened in Johannesburg.

      msophiasharp - 2013-01-11 12:20

      Spot On!!!

  • annie.israel.50 - 2013-01-11 11:33

    Very attractive Major and congratulations on your nomination PLUS GIVE THOSE MEN under you A HARD TIME!! LOL

  • jared.l.schultz.3 - 2013-01-11 11:34

    Actually ANC... The ECTA will allow for it to stand. LOL! There is even case law on it. hahahahaha

  • Eterni80 - 2013-01-11 11:37

    the words legal and ANC don't fit in the same sentence together. when will the cANCer realise that if you want to stay in power DO THE JOB

      msophiasharp - 2013-01-11 12:24

      What job - all you always hear ITS NOT MY JOB!!

  • mtizozo.nsele - 2013-01-11 11:37

    The current Mayer is not a Mayer by legality, she must step down and let the whole process re-start. She did not follow the proces of accepting the nomination, ANC members have tested the mistake they have done, that what ever they do at ground level will reflect at the national level, people of portch had spoken before and they wanted to be led by anc, its the only party that stands for the people of this country. DA stands for the rich man. No body will change that, it is know out there.

      david.banner.104418 - 2013-01-11 11:47

      See you fall under the cANCer education.

      darryl.maze1 - 2013-01-11 11:49

      Your ANC party stands to enrich themselves and for power. ANC cant even spell process let alone follow it.Your own comrads voted against him.

      christiaan.vanvuuren.9 - 2013-01-11 11:49

      You have no idea what youre talking about. Prof Anette is a wonderful person and I guarantee she will do the job with all people in mind, not just the rich. And the fact.that the anc filed a motion of no confidence when she hasn't even started to prove herself is just horrific.

      paul.kershaw.18 - 2013-01-11 11:50

      Portch? Seems the cANCer members need some help.

      bobby.jaan.92 - 2013-01-11 11:51

      Maybe we should go back to the old system where the ratepayers decide on who is to manage their funds? Are the ratepayers views been served here - do they get what they are paying for? What about consumer rights in this regard - or is it just another 'payup-and-shutup' policy as in te rest of this country?

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-01-11 11:51

      ANC Outcome Based Education? Is this your legal opinion? You're only right about one thing - she's not a mayer...

      msophiasharp - 2013-01-11 12:25

      Excellent comment Jamba!!

      talana.malherbe - 2013-01-11 12:48

      Mtizozo what exactly did the ANC do for the people??? Better housing? Better schooling? Better healthcare? More jobs? Stop being an idiot and realize what is going on, you are being brainwashed! Happy voting because come next election you will still be poor.

  • nettie.potgieter.5 - 2013-01-11 12:09

    The ANC is grabbing at the last t*** in a flushed toilet

  • lungile.ndyibithi - 2013-01-11 12:11

    surely important should be services to ppl, if mayor recalled why want to reinstate. Didnt conference prioritize us citizens?

  • vandeventer.sarel - 2013-01-11 12:15

    The problem with this country is the masses support the corrupt government but strike against the people keeping the country afloat! Now tell me where is the common sense?

  • paul.bester1 - 2013-01-11 12:19

    So instead of trying to find out why a vote of no confidence was held against the previous mayor they keep trying to find a loophole to get that person re-instated? Yet another example of idiocy coming out of the ANC.

  • rudi.ziegelasch.7 - 2013-01-11 12:43

    @John.Loveland I was also just thinking how can the ANC councillors be so stupid. First they call a motion of no confidence in their own mayor (assuming the news report is correct) and then when this reults in the DA filling the position (which obviously they did not expect), suddenly all is forgiven (read swept under their own carpet) and they happily want him back (just in case of course, the DA, like in CT, shows a massive improvement, embarressing them more than they do themselves). Just another example of Mbeki's "transformation at all costs", notwithstanding the consequences. Only in the ANC do you see convicted criminals or those currently charged with a crime (always with a "but they're innocent until proven guilty" argument so until this happens, let them stay in the job so they can continue in their nefarious ways logic) or other generally inept people being kept in the fold. To crown it all though, even if they are suspended, then they get a paid holiday for years on end whilst they drag on the disciplinary hearing, which usually finds them not guilty and they get reinstated! Remind me why I love SA again!!

      timmy.ditsele - 2013-01-11 14:14

      @RudiZ I do agree with you but you say "the DA, like in CT, shows a massive improvement, embarressing them more than they do themselves)." which is all good.i am grateful for what the ANC did for this country and all the people who were involved to get rid of i see a corrupt ANC to the core and would like to vote in the next elections but not for the ANC(obviously)please tell me an alternative political party which has south africa's interest at heart which i can vote for.Now dont get me wrong the DA is doing a great job in the cape,but have you ever been to the sorrounding locations of cape town? DA might be doing it in cape town but only in town were there is already good infrunstracture. What are garantees that if i vote DA then the will be service delivery in the locations? DA is the only political party which can take the ANC and win if they play thier cards correctly. believe me we are "gatvol" with what is going on in the country.Murder,Rape,Violent crime,and a president who does not care.

  • Gert van Coller - 2013-01-11 13:29

    Need a copy of democracy for dummies ANC?

  • musa.kamashobane - 2013-01-11 15:59

    What are the municipal guidelines/rules or the SA Constitution for that matter. At the same time ANC on this one I suggest they were naive.

  • avanwyk2 - 2013-01-11 16:17

    The anc hates white people

  • mtizozo.nsele - 2013-01-11 17:50

    It is very sad in this time of democracy there is still some people who cannot believe that a black man is in charge of the country. There is a lot of damaged made by the apart aid systems, some whites they still thing a black man know what we taught him, some confused blacks they still think that a white man is always superior to the black man. I love my country and reading to all the comments from the globe, SA is a beautiful country to leave in. ANC needs to fix up the imbalances in the society, where is the second phase of transition, does the bee work for black, why the black man is still poor in this country, does the schooling systems generate the employees or the employers, why there is crime, can the criminals be used to serve the good citizens for free, why there is so much gap in salaries, why a white man get paid six times more than the black man whiles there are doing the same job, why the guarding boys are secretly called the CEOs of the white owned company and nothing is done, why people are fed food at school; will they feed them till they die, why we do not have free education in the tertiary institutions, why do kids get pregnant so that they can get more grant, are you laughing??

      Klaus - 2013-01-11 19:29

      @mtizozo / BEE - do yourself a favour and read current Noseweek No 159 Jan 2013 BMW - Mathews Phosa, BEE deal 26%, R 700 000.00, could not come up with money, BMW "lent" it to him You are crying about poor - with deals as that you "GUYS" are being screwed for live

      talana.malherbe - 2013-01-12 00:45

      Mtizozo, I wish you would realize it is not about black or white. It is about appointing incompetent or corrupt people in senior or powerful positions. It is because of the corrupt and incompetent people that mostly black people are still struggling. We don't care what colour the person is, but at least let him or her be honest in his dealings.

  • 0001000ghost - 2013-01-11 18:46

    P1$$ off ANC.

  • niki.wessels - 2013-01-11 20:57

    She's disqualified because she accepted her nomination by cellphone? Rich coming from a party that is trying to sweep a huge arms scandal, multiple bribery and so much corruption under the carpet!

      celeste.m.lackay - 2013-01-12 09:31

      ROTFL!! I once resigned via SMS. Does that mean that my resignation was invalid and I should therefore still be paid by them?

  • modisenyane.dibuseng - 2013-01-12 07:05

    I disappointed with most of the comments people says ANC is corrupt,ANC is corrupt when is trying hard to develop previously communities. In Potchefstroom I've never seen someone detained in police cells relating to corruption issues or maybe someone can assist me by mentioning one or two cases. Unfortunately ANC is going to take control of Potchefstroom Municipality.

  • celeste.m.lackay - 2013-01-12 09:18

    In ANC Needs Accountable and Responsible Members Zoomer has spoken. Please cANCer supporters explain to me how the mayor that YOU voted out (but is suddenly flavour of the month again) is ACCOUNTABLE and RESPONSIBLE? (Assuming of course that both you AND your president understand what these words actually mean).

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