Expelled Tlokwe mayor back to court

2013-07-30 23:12

Johannesburg - Ousted Tlokwe ANC mayor Maphetle Maphetle will return to the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday, in another bid to regain control of the municipality.

Maphetle was supposed to have vacated his office by 10:00 on Tuesday by order of Judge Neil Tuchten.

On Monday Tuchten dismissed an application to nullify the council meeting at which Maphetle was unseated on 2 July.

But, when newly-elected DA Mayor Annette Combrink arrived to take office on Tuesday, Maphetle would not leave, saying he was going to appeal.

"Maphetle Maphetle is occupying that office because the ANC has decided to appeal against that judgment," ANC North West spokesperson Kenny Morolong said.

North West DA spokesperson Tiaan Kotze said: "The DA has not received any [legal] papers yet. What they are doing is absolutely illegal."

Meanwhile, the DA sent for the sheriff of the court to enforce the order. But later on Tuesday, Morolong said an application for leave to appeal had been filed in the north Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

"The ANC is ready to exercise its right to appeal," Morolong said.

"We believe the convening of that council meeting was inconsistent with what we call rules of order at the Tlokwe local council.

The mayor is hard at work. His focal point is service delivery. He is unfazed by this development."

DA Councillor Hans-Jurie Moolman said the party would oppose the application, set down for 10:00 on Wednesday. Maphetle and Tlokwe speaker Barei Segotso had sought to have the meeting at which Combrink was voted in nullified.

The ANC's North West provincial disciplinary committee expelled 14 of its councillors during the controversy.

  • Sidwell 'Feesh' Francis - 2013-07-30 23:30

    There you have it,signs that ANC will not relinquish power even when voted out in national elections!

      Draadsitter - 2013-07-31 00:21

      Yes Sidwell, smacks of Zimbabwe!!!!!!

      Jon Low - 2013-07-31 00:27

      They reliquished power when voted out in the Western Cape. (Even though they have done all in their power to undermine and incite their riotous lumpens against the democratically-elected DA government.)

      Frans Van Der Merwe - 2013-07-31 02:18

      If the ANC respected our constitution they would have draw the line just after the court case and got rid with this incompetent buffoon. They are so quick to accuse their own ( out of favour) comrades - like Julius - of bringing the ANC into disrepute and sack them. but for some incomprehensible reason this has not happen here although there is in refutable proof that the ANC is devided in the Provence. the ANC fear each other - no one will stand up for justice. Only Tutu comes out with the truth - and that is why he will never vote for the cancer again

      Ruan Smit - 2013-07-31 05:40

      filthy animal!

      Darryl Maze - 2013-07-31 08:32

      And there you you have it. The dumb and pathetic ANC has shown its true colours. Even though the mayor was voted out properly and fairly they still do not wanna give up the office and all his fancy cars. This also just shows the ANC care more about corruption and living the high life while the poor keep suffering. So take your fat greedy ANC body you pathetic mayor and leave.

      Godfrey Welman - 2013-07-31 08:33

      DA better watch out for an INCREASE (bus loads from other area's) in the number of ANC supporters on the voters roll, before by-election.

      NickvanGraan - 2013-07-31 08:51

      After being democratically kicked out, I wonder if the Mayor would be so keen to keep appealing this if he was using his own money? Not likely.

      Philip Buys - 2013-07-31 08:56

      There is cracks in this democracy. Next will be a dictatorship.

  • Lo Philips - 2013-07-30 23:33

    This is a warning and good example of what the cANCer will do once they need to relinquish their power. There is just no end to how far they will go to hold onto the power they have. This imbecile Maphetle Maphetle's own people voted him out and he just would not leave. Not even a court can get him to leave his office although he is a useless thief who stole from the people of Tlokwe, and the best of all he is wasting more taxpayers money every day which can get into the millions if it not already is.

  • Emiele Spillman - 2013-07-30 23:40

    Please refresh my mind. When was it that the most corrupt organisation of human mankind said that they will abide by the Court's ruling? They are a lying, cheating, corrupt, no-good organisation and won't even stop - even if their own people turn against them. I have but one wish: If the people of the Townships vote the ANC back into power, PLEASE let them suffer the consequences - NO SERVICE!!!! Let them then suffer.

  • MJS1234 - 2013-07-30 23:47

    Hey you knob, whilst you aren't letting the DA into the offices and running back to the courts again, who is running the municipality? So much for the ANC caring about the people!!!

  • Naas Du Plessis - 2013-07-30 23:49

    Banana republic!!!

  • 5centsWorth - 2013-07-30 23:55

    Kinda reminds you of uncle bob : the courts and rule of law are awesome only when they agree with him..

  • Jon Low - 2013-07-31 00:24

    So much for the ANC "respecting the court's decision" then? And the bled-white taxpayer now has to cough up the millions needed to fight the verdict in a higher court.

      Anneline Etienne Gouws - 2013-07-31 00:45

      I was wondering who the hell was paying all this legal fees... Then I remembered.. us the dumb taxpayers again sigh

  • Anti ANC- Apartheid se skuld - 2013-07-31 00:31

    So sad, that the ex mayor (from the ANC) is such a bad loser!

  • Tommo Too - 2013-07-31 00:36

    The ANC has absolutely no idea about what democracy is or how it works. They are terrible loosers unfortunately.....

      Raymond Dick - 2013-07-31 06:01

      Don't agree. They know exactly what democracy is. They just don't respect it; unless it is in their favour.

  • pietopper - 2013-07-31 00:48

    Good luck with that. The ANC clearly doesn't understand the appeals process. I sense a Constitutional Court case coming up.

  • Erna Westdyk - 2013-07-31 02:11

    South African democracy at its best!

  • Derrick Chong - 2013-07-31 02:40

    Not even a comment from an educated ANC supporter. They must be embarrassed. This man belongs in a stone age with some jungle fever.... yes, it is a sad day for democracy but for this, the DA gets 10 more points in my book !

  • Jakes Cakedregs - 2013-07-31 03:05

    This is the typical spirit of lawlessness which the ANC promotes and the EFF will perpetuate until this country becomes a broken mess like Zimbabwe. It cannot be stopped anymore. We are beyond the tipping point.

  • Lavisto Dogman Mavisto - 2013-07-31 04:26

    Just leave the office n appeal out of it! Shameless man!

      Armstrong Dreadnaught - 2013-07-31 08:55

      There is no reason indicating that he must stay in office to appeal! The judge said get out by 10:00. That stands whether he appeals or not. He is in contempt of court! Nail him! Boycott the anc.

  • Lavisto Dogman Mavisto - 2013-07-31 04:26

    Just leave the office n appeal out of it! Shameless man!

      Jan Brand - 2013-07-31 04:52

      Thank you.

  • Lavisto Dogman Mavisto - 2013-07-31 04:26

    Just leave the office n appeal out of it! Shameless man!

  • Grant Wykerd - 2013-07-31 04:46

    And if the DA was to win next years elections, what then? Will the ANC vacate its post? No way... they will appeal and appeal until the next election while revolutionary styled rioting will force the masses to vote the ANC or EFF back, just like Mogabe's country (I say this because Zimbabwe does not belong to the people but to Robert and his army, fact). I have absolutely no confidence in the future of SA... Kidda like bending over and kissing your 'donkey' goodbye....

  • Whatalotigot Smarties - 2013-07-31 04:57

    He disobeyed a court order. Arrest him and lock him up. He broke the law. Treat him like the criminal he is!!!

  • Jack Phakathi - 2013-07-31 05:13

    Judging from the people commenting here,There is so much deep seated hatred and insults.That your good arguments are lost in that.

      Whatalotigot Smarties - 2013-07-31 05:18

      There are no hatred. Fact are facts. This mayor must accept the rule of law. He was democratically voted out. Is it so hard for him too understand?

      Armstrong Dreadnaught - 2013-07-31 09:07

      There are a lot of truthful comments here, I do not see an overdose of hatred towards anybody except the behaviour of that ex-mayor. When democratic processes are broken that is anti-constitutional behaviour and is tantamount to war! The ex-mayor is in contempt of court. The anc said that they would respect the judges ruling and then they broke their word. Thinking anc members must be highly embarrassed and I hope they reconsider which party they will vote for. The DA are heroes! Boycott the anc!

      Neville Snr Boardman - 2013-07-31 13:14

      Jack, actually you are quite correct. There is massive hatred my friend we are rather gatvol of all the corruption and non delivery as well as reverse apartheid that we are turning to hatred. Our children and knowledge base are forced to leave their homes to earn a living elsewhere. sick man

  • Gary Doyle - 2013-07-31 05:29

    This is a disgrace for the power drunk anc and unfortunately doesn't look good for the bigger picture of the country.

  • Kutloano Nene - 2013-07-31 05:37

    Hey u, get out of office d new mayor need 2push d service delivery since u failed. Do u stil hv enough 4legal costs ohhhh.... Gud luc

  • Pontsho Seemane - 2013-07-31 06:11

    This is a contradicting stance to fighting corruption.

  • Matshane Seleko - 2013-07-31 06:27

    The mayor is hard at work,so goes the saying,while.............well,nothing is really happening.

      Malcolm MacLeod - 2013-07-31 09:14

      Hard at work shredding all the paper work he doesn't want them to find perhaps.

      Tersia Louw - 2013-07-31 10:48

      Why would he be hard at work NOW? He wasn't before...

  • Joshua Kgorutle - 2013-07-31 06:31

    Well done ANC, the judge is DA member. Biased in judgement.

      Mike Woolnough - 2013-07-31 06:41

      I think you do the judiciary a disservice when you accuse them of political bias. As a rule they act impartially and dispense rulings in keeping with the law of the land. I am sure there are times when their considered judgements are at odds with their personal feelings. The mark of a quality judge is the ability to put their personal feelings and convictions in their pockets and measure the arguments of the matter before them against the law.

      Joshua Kgorutle - 2013-07-31 06:58

      @ Mr Woolnough, The judge in question did the opposite of what u r highlighting. I hope you were following the progress of the whole saga until a judgement was handed down. It was clear from the onset dat anc was gonna lose de case. I did not need to arm myself with legal processes to predict the vedict. I stand firm n still say the Judge was BIASED.

      Joshua Kgorutle - 2013-07-31 07:00

      @ Mr Woolnough, The judge in question did the opposite of what u r highlighting. I hope you were following the progress of the whole saga until a judgement was handed down. It was clear from the onset dat anc was gonna lose de case. I did not need to arm myself with legal processes to predict the vedict. I stand firm n still say the Judge was BIASED.

      Maarten Slabbert - 2013-07-31 07:16

      Mr. Kgorutle, What about the corruption that this Mayor has been directly linked to? Surely, if he had any shred of integrity he would stand down until proven innocent? You say follow the facts... It sounds like you might be glossing over a few yourself? Does that not in fact make YOU biased?

      Mike Woolnough - 2013-07-31 07:27

      @Mr Kgorutle I understand you found fault in the manner with which the judge handled this case but shouldn't the parties concerned at least abide by those rulings until such time as an appeal has worked it's way through the courts? Politics is an ugly business and its even uglier when service delivery is hampered by fighting between parties that purport to serve the people. I am politically neutral on this issue but the actions of the ANC in this instance don't put them in a good light

      Kenny Kwenamore - 2013-07-31 07:43

      Your insolence spoiled my day and it has just started wena Joshua

      Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-07-31 08:30

      Joshua Kgorutle. You see a white man and according to you he is a DA member. Education let you down, big time.

      Darryl Maze - 2013-07-31 08:35

      Just because its a white judge its racist. What if the judge was black and gave the same judgement then what Joshua???? Guess your just one of the many ANC idiots that cant see the truth.

      Tersia Louw - 2013-07-31 10:50

      Joshua Kgorutle - you say "It was clear from the onset dat anc was gonna lose de case." Yes, because the ANC was WRONG; geddit?

  • Mike Woolnough - 2013-07-31 06:33

    The ex Mayor and his supporters are making a mockery of the ANC and the rule of law. Clearly they realise that letting the DA shine for even a few months will highlight their failure to serve the very people they purport to represent. Their strategy is to eat up the 90 day no change window through spurious court challenges in an attempt to prevent the DA from exposing their service delivery incompetence. The ANC leadership were quick to fire the "renegade" councillors but have moved with lead feet to deal with the ex mayor. They are encouraging his actions and it will not go unnoticed by the very people that will go to the polls in 2 months time. Credit to the DA for handling this with dignity.

  • Obadia Kgopolo Segwape - 2013-07-31 07:06

    realy wants to enjoy that mercedes benz

      Tersia Louw - 2013-07-31 10:51

      All R736 000 worth of it! What a muppet.

  • ABASHONI - 2013-07-31 07:12

    They think everything belongs to them, the infrustructure of this country which did not build and now they are on the destruction mode, this shows us what kind of people they are.

  • ABASHONI - 2013-07-31 07:13

    They think everything belongs to them, the infrustructure of this country which did not build and now they are on the destruction mode, this shows us what kind of people they are.

  • Meshack Mosebo - 2013-07-31 07:17

    We must start worryin abt ourselves as ordinary citizens what wil happen when this ANC loses elections? Will there be a civil war? They lose court cases and they can't accept the outcomes? Can we trust ANC with our future?

      Armstrong Dreadnaught - 2013-07-31 09:22

      The short answer is no, we cannot trust the anc. That is more reason to vote them out. When The People cannot trust the government it must be voted out democratically. Boycott the anc!

  • Reginald_Jeeves - 2013-07-31 07:18

    This infuriating arrogance is absolutely unbearable. If I am suspected of having pilfered state funds in order to buy myself luxury cars etc I will be so ashamed that I would be too glad to step down and get out of the limelight in order to hide my shame. Not our honourable cANCer members, though, ladies and gentlemen. Nooooo. When they go to jail for criminal misconduct they are carried on the shoulders of their supporters, as if they are some lofty heroes of great probity, worthy of emulation (remember Tony Yengeni?). Eish. A thousand times eish!

      Tersia Louw - 2013-07-31 10:52

      To want to hide shame, you need to feel it first...

  • Matheus Uys - 2013-07-31 07:39

    We are on the same road as Zimbabwe.

  • Adiel De Villiers - 2013-07-31 07:49

    What are they trying to hide. this is very suspicious. or maybe they are trying to distract the DA, from something else. I am seriously worried.

  • Lavisto Dogman Mavisto - 2013-07-31 07:56

    There will be bloodshed when the ANC has to handover power next year !

  • tbiss_zn - 2013-07-31 08:02

    Mini Bob...

  • Nadia du Plessis - 2013-07-31 08:03

    So the ruling party of our country cant even obey, anything to get their way!

  • Nadia du Plessis - 2013-07-31 08:05

    They will always challenge the law where it suits them.

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-07-31 08:16

    Is this what is waiting for us if they start losing big time?.

      Tersia Louw - 2013-07-31 10:53

      Yes, I believe so.

  • Peter Van Zyl - 2013-07-31 08:26

    I read recently in connection with this matter,that the anc would "respect the decision of the court" when the original judgement was handed down? Seems the only respect that these thieving x@6$*%@3 pay homage to, is when the judgement/ or any judgement for that matter, goes their way! What a bunch of ignorant morons!

  • Marlene Black - 2013-07-31 08:47

    So embarrassing. Does not know when to let go. This is just making him look more ridiculous.

      Tersia Louw - 2013-07-31 10:54

      In Mephetle's case, looking MORE ridiculous takes serious talent.

  • Marlene Black - 2013-07-31 08:50

    Maybe there's more to this than meets the eye. Maybe he has not had a chance to destroy all the evidence that would prove just how poorly he performed - so he needs to get back in there to finish it all off.

      Armstrong Dreadnaught - 2013-07-31 09:27

      Selling paper shredders is a growth industry!

  • Lawrence Brown - 2013-07-31 08:50

    Arrest the buffoon for trespassing and sling his butt in jail....might be a nice little intro to his future!

      Armstrong Dreadnaught - 2013-07-31 09:28

      Why did the Sheriff of the Court not heave him out at 10:00?

      Mandy Pepler - 2013-07-31 09:36

      The problem is he is afraid of what Combrink finds in his crooked books. Needs time to cover up his thievery.

  • Winifred Watson - 2013-07-31 08:59

    This is how the ANC respects the law, by disobeying it. Why did they waste our money running to Court when they dont obide the rule of law. Now you know why we are a lawless society. The ANC are famous for support their corrupt officials, instead of showing us they mean what they preach about rooting out corruption, they support it even going so far as to shame themselves by supporting this corrupt mayor. This is just going to become worse, who supports a corrupt party whose main goal is steal from the people and not be punished. A curse on them all.

  • Malcolm MacLeod - 2013-07-31 09:11

    Utterly pathetic. No class, no grace.

  • Silvia Van Eck - 2013-07-31 09:42

    But I thought the ANC respected the Tlokwe decision? And now they want to go back to court??? Eish...confused....

      Malcolm MacLeod - 2013-07-31 09:53

      The ANC don't even know what the word respect means, they just know that it looks good if you say it...

  • Cina - 2013-07-31 09:51

    The anc is the same as mugabe can't accept that they have lost.

  • RoyalBlue - 2013-07-31 10:20

    Please define service delivery...?!?

  • StormyWeather - 2013-07-31 11:39

    Unbelievable - they just don't get it - if you don't do your job - you DO NOT deserve to be in office. And they still have the gall to fight for their jobs tooth and nail.....**baffled**

  • Neville Snr Boardman - 2013-07-31 13:19

    The ANC is more in court than in Parliament and the crux of the matter is that they are loosing almost every court case as well as appeal. I think if they turn to an appeal the costs of the case must then be borne by the ANC and not the tax payer. Easy to appeal if you don't have to carry the costs.

  • Bolsheviks Partysa - 2013-07-31 17:14

    When is maphetle maphetle going to be charged for theft after the forensic exercise? Is the ANC condoning his actions? Did their legal advisers tell them NOT to appeal because of there is NO chance in getting the result changed? So many questions. At least it seems as if thet are listening to Mantashe.

  • Johan Hardbliksem - 2013-07-31 18:27

    Hierdie dom vetgat kort n PK of n oelewapper natuurlik. Hy het homself dik gevreet en nou is sy dik gat in die koue