Chris Hattingh MPL
DA Leader in the North West
The ANC’s former executive mayor in the Tlokwe Municipality in Potchefstroom, Maphetle Maphetle, and this morning refused to vacate his office by 10:00, as instructed by a High Court judgement yesterday.
Yesterday the ANC representative at the High Court, Dakota Legoete – also ANC Whip – stated that the ANC accepts the judgement, respects the judiciary and will adhere to the judgement.
Today, however, the ANC in another desperate attempt to cling to power reneged on its commitment. They have applied for leave to appeal, but no such papers had been served on the DA or our legal representatives at 10:00 this morning.
While the ANC in a blatant show of defiance not only against the Judgement in which it was severely castigated for their recent actions, but also against a majority of Councillors, occupies the offices, no committee meetings or Council meetings are being held.
It is clear that in its desperation to cling to power, to control the council’s financial resources and to suppress the forensic investigation into fraud and corruption, the interests of the community and the proper functioning of the Municipality do not come into the equation.
The DA condemns the continued ANC attempts to frustrate the DA, the community and any attempt to restore stability, sanity and service delivery in the Municipality.