By-elections planned for Tlokwe

2013-07-04 20:11

Johannesburg - By-elections will be held in Tlokwe, in the North West, after 14 ANC councillors who voted to unseat mayor Maphetle Maphetle were expelled, the party said on Thursday.

"By-elections will be held. The IEC [Independent Electoral Commission] will make a decision [on the date of the by-elections]," ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza said.

The decision to expel the group was made in a provincial disciplinary committee (PDC) meeting held on Wednesday.

The councillors were found guilty of "acting contrary to the directives" of the party and violating the ANC constitution, the PDC said in a statement. The expelled members would be removed as Tlokwe councillors.

On Thursday, the North West Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) condemned the actions of the councillors.

"[T]his is the worst reactionary act that we have ever seen since the dawn of democracy - that comrades who are deployed by the revolutionary alliance connive with the opposition to oust a comrade deployed by the ANC," it said.

"For us, as Cosatu, these councillors deserve the harshest punishment available in the rules of the ANC, as this is for the second time."

It called on the ANC to investigate the cause of the councillors' conduct, so that similar incidents could be prevented in future.

The North West SA Communist Party (SACP) was "gravely concerned" by Maphetle's ousting.

"We call upon the ANC to be decisive against these individuals for they have chosen to be against the will of the people, and serve the master by amassing the crumbles [sic] that fall from the table with their tongues," it said.

"They must be exposed for what they are and they must be isolated by members of our communities."

Unseated as mayor

Maphetle was on Tuesday unseated for a second time. He first lost his post in November last year.

DA Councillor Annette Combrink was again voted in as the new mayor.

DA North West leader Chris Hattingh said 29 councillors from all parties, including the ANC, unanimously voted to return Combrink to the position of mayor.

In November, ANC factions in the municipality passed a motion of no confidence in Maphetle. He was replaced by Combrink - the first DA mayor in the province - when she defeated ANC candidate Lucky Tsagae by 20 votes to 19.

However, Maphetle was returned as mayor in February, when he won by 31 votes to Combrink's 21.

While the DA was in charge, it asked for a forensic investigation into irregularities at the municipality.

The probe found the council had irregularly bought Maphetle a R736 000 customised Mercedes-Benz. Maphetle was also found to have allegedly abused the municipality's disaster management fund and poverty relief fund.

It was recommended in the report that formal disciplinary action be taken against him and other officials.

In May, the DA laid criminal charges against Maphetle. In June Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said she would investigate the claims of corruption.

  • Armstrong Dreadnaught - 2013-07-04 20:24

    Viva DA!

      Phando Sanza - 2013-07-04 20:48

      Anc will lead forever no matter their plan to attack it from within,reactionaries are minority.Long live Anc!!!

      Godfrey Welman - 2013-07-04 21:44

      The speed with which the date for the By-election is set, will indicate how independent the IEC really is.

      Theo Schoeman - 2013-07-04 22:31

      Good decision - bi-elections the sooner the better. Die ANC gaan 'n groot pakslae kry - and will be even more embarrassing for them than what they have just experienced. They have no clue how many of their own supporters are turning against them. Other councils will follow watch this space.

      Thandi Cele - 2013-07-05 07:43

      Phando - ANC = Anarchy Nepotism Corruption. Which part of the gravy train are you riding on?

  • Dave Elmore - 2013-07-04 20:43

    Oh goodie, 14 new DA councillars!

  • Simon Ramapuputla - 2013-07-04 20:50

    now let's see the strength of DA. did they hijack the tlokwe?

      Simon Ramapuputla - 2013-07-04 21:08

      Eh DA, u cant go to court now to install Combrick by force. It's time to kill all your hopes. ANC to govern South africa until the fifth generation

      Simon Ramapuputla - 2013-07-04 21:10

      Eh DA supporters you will win elections on this platform. with thumbs down you always achieve 2Rd majority

      Godfrey Welman - 2013-07-04 21:50

      @Simon.."They must be exposed for what they are and they must be isolated by members of our communities."...Africa democracy, rule by intimedation.

      Thandi Cele - 2013-07-05 07:45

      Simon - ANC = Anarchy Nepotism Corruption. Are you on the same part of the gravy train as phando?

      Sterling Ferguson - 2013-07-05 23:36

      This no election that's being held, the people should be able to elect their mayor, this is a flawed democracy in SA.

  • Simon Ramapuputla - 2013-07-04 20:54

    Eish those councillors would realise how is cold outside outside the ANC.

      Adrien McGuire - 2013-07-04 21:33

      @ Simon, it will be cold when ESKOM switches off the power because the ANC didnt plan properly, instead they wasted and stole the money. And you are ok with that?

      Silvia Van Eck - 2013-07-04 23:44

      Simon, I think they now realise that it's a lot warmer outside the ANC!! They have been truly set free....

  • Ian McNaughton - 2013-07-04 21:28

    Supporting clean, transparent and accountable government is reactionary and at odds with everything the revolutionary alliance stands for??? Brand me a reactionary - it's a label I will wear with pride from now on.

  • Charl Wessels - 2013-07-04 21:58

    Vote like sheep, and get wolves for government. Vote

  • pws69 - 2013-07-04 23:02

    I think the results of this by elections will be the best indicator to date of what we can expect next year.

  • Leyla Chamane - 2013-07-04 23:19

    The ANC will lead forever , im puzzled on how much people have to say about our ANC lead government , the apartheid government was worst , and some people have a nerve to point fingers sies , they have no shame yeeerrr

      Julia Meyer - 2013-07-05 17:51

      Leyla, we want something better than Apartheid and better than the ANC! Don't you want that too?

  • Alex Inyanga Dowding - 2013-07-05 01:32

    Dear ANC Why do you protect and shield suspected (and proven) corrupt officials like former Tlokwe mayor Maphetle at every turn? You are your own worst enemy. The funny (and tragic) thing is that you do not even realise it yet or care! I think your organisation is in desperate need of some serious soul searching and introspection if it wants to maintain its relevance and longevity in the sphere of South African politics. New challengers who see gain where you experience loss are being born all the time. People are turning away from you and looking for alternatives every day. Even many of those most loyal to you are having second thoughts about putting their cross next to your name come election day. So many South Africans had high hopes for you, but you are ultimately letting all of these people, YOUR people, down. I implore you to help the people before it is too late. Do you want to retain your place in SA history or do you want your name to forever be associated and tainted with words like greed, corruption, self enrichment, racism and fraud. Where are the good leaders within the ANC (there must be some hidden away somewhere) who will stand up in the face of all of this rot and speak out. They must be brave and come forward to revive the party that they loved. Do the right thing for your country. I wish I could be hopeful, but you leave me with too much doubt. Remember, the curtain is closing on your act.

      Thabo Rangaka - 2013-07-05 18:11

      Inyanga, you are a wise man. Certainly, ANC will heed your advice and respond. The "Secret Ballot" may not be a good tool for the ANC long-term.

  • Henning Venter - 2013-07-05 02:56

    The ANC must open there eyes, T-shirts burned in protest in suport of the expeled Counselors. The voters are not uninformed anymore. This by election will be a barometer for the next election. 30% of the youth not voting? Does the ANC leaders read the news or are they just in denial?

      Daleinn Choonoo - 2013-07-05 07:06

      partys represent people of society , wen partys unite , people unite, this country unites, its democracy.. the right to vote for the rights of the people, and to do the right thing... the ailing old regime will die off.. the youth is the future... take control of it.

  • Thandi Cele - 2013-07-05 07:41

    I would love to go and support the elections in Tlokwe, but I cannot find it on any map, satnav, Google Earth or anywhere - oh yes, I forgot, this is yet another one of these pathetic name changes. Viva Potch.

      Daniel Swanepoel - 2013-07-05 09:16

      Hahahaha well said Thandi!

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-07-05 10:49

    Is this what is waiting for us in the future?. Are COSATU and the ANC going to play these undemocratic games every time they come off second best?.

  • Thabo Rangaka - 2013-07-05 17:57

    "We call upon the ANC to be decisive against these individuals for they have chosen to be against the will of the people", says the SACP section of the Tripartite Alliance. I often wonder WHO the "Real People" are; the office bearers, or those who elected them? The Will of the People Elected President Morsi's Party in Egypt, and the SAME Will of the people ejected him from presidency 2 days ago. Now the African Union (of Presidents) says it has Suspended Egypt from membership of the AU - the Will of the people of Egypt effecting an Egyptian solution to an Egyptian Problem is unacceptable to the AU club of rulers! It is time the Mass Democratic Movement members in all African States set up a People's Africa Union because they will always be at odds with autocrats and dictators.

  • beezaa - 2013-07-05 17:59


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