Chris Hattingh MPL
DA Leader in the North West
While the ANC is contesting the legitimacy of a Council meeting in which their Executive Mayor, Maphetle Maphetle was removed after a motion of no-confidence, they simultaneously submitted a motion of no-confidence in the DA Executive Mayor Annette Combrink. This was done on the 26th July, three days before the judgement in their application was to be handed down.
This vindicates the DA’s viewpoint that the ANC’s application had no merit, the ANC’s occupation of the municipal offices was illegal, intended to cling to power and to control the financial resources of the municipality.
The ANC’s simultaneous acceptance and rejection of the legitimacy of the DA’s mayor is further indicative of the ANC’s disregard for the constitution, legislation and the Municipal Rules of Order and a total disregard for the interests of the community. In their desperate attempts to cling to power no Council or Committee meetings were held and Maphetle claimed his salary as Executive Mayor.
The DA positively awaits the outcome of today’s High Court Judgement to install stability and sanity to the Tlokwe Municipality in Potchefstroom.