Chris Hattingh MPL
DA Leader in the North West
Former Tlokwe Mayor Maphetle Maphetle has failed to adhere to a legal notice to vacate his office by Friday, 5 July.
During talks with DA councillors today, Mr Maphetle attempted to push for a political and not a legal resolution for the impasse. He also indicated that he has instructed his Mayoral Committee not to vacate their offices.
Mr Maphetle did not refer to any legal basis for his position to continue occupying the Tlokwe municipal offices.
The DA will carefully, in consultation with our lawyers, evaluate the verbatim transcript of the meeting in order to proceed with appropriate legal action.
The DA remains the only political party that can bring stability to the municipality given the deep and seemingly intractable divisions within the ANC caucus.
We are intent on acting immediately to deal with key delivery issues such as housing, safety and the filling of vacancies with skilled and committed officials.
We will also move to deal with the findings of corruption in the forensic audit commissioned by the DA during our last tenure in charge.
The DA remains focused on delivery in Tlokwe and ensuring stability in the municipality’s administration.