Chris Hattingh MPL
DA Leader in the North West
Former Tlokwe mayor Maphetle Maphetle and his Mayoral Committee members are attempting to destabilise the Council by refusing to vacate their offices in the Tlokwe municipality.
The DA is consulting its legal team on the possibility of an interdict to end the illegal occupation and bring immediate stability to the municipality.
The ANC’s is refusing to accept the outcome of democratic processes that removed former Mayor Maphetle yesterday through a no confidence motion, despite unanimous support for it from all 29 councillors yesterday — including the representatives of the ANC.
Parties formed a united front against corruption in the municipality due to Mayor Maphetle’s refusal to deal with forensic audit findings of corruption against him relating to the abuse of the municipality’s Disaster Management and Poverty Relief Funds.
Yesterday’s council meeting was legally constituted despite attempts by some within the ANC to postpone the meeting.
ANC councillors were summoned to a meeting in Mahikeng yesterday by ANC leaders but chose to attend the Tlokwe council meeting where the no confidence motion was passed instead.
An acting Speaker was duly elected in accordance with the council rules and the meeting was held on a 100% legal basis.
The DA is the only political party that can bring stability to the municipality given the deep and seemingly intractable divisions within the ANC caucus.
We intend to end the illegal occupation by the former Mayor without delay after which the DA will act immediately to deal with key delivery issues such as housing, safety and the filling of vacancies.
The DA assures residents that we are doing everything possible to ensure stability in the municipality and delivery for all.