Chris Hattingh MPL
DA Leader in the North West
The Democratic Alliance is elated about the North Gauteng High Court decision in which the former Tlokwe Mayor Maphetle Maphetle and Speaker Barei Segotso’s application to have the Tlokwe Council’s motion of no-confidence was rejected with costs – to be carried by the applicants (Maphetle and Segotso) in person.
In his judgement Judge Tuchten castigated the ANC for not using democratic means after they became a minority party in the Tlokwe Council in Potchefstroom. He referred to the Maphetle-group in their illegal occupation of the municipal offices as squatters.
It is obvious that the ANC’s illegal occupation of the Tlokwe Council offices for a month , had no legal basis and was intended to frustrate not only the elected DA Mayor, Annette Combrink, and her team, but also in an act of defiance, the community of Potchefstroom.
It is indicative of a belligerent ANC’s regard for the Rule of Law and the Constitution when the loss of power and the control of financial resources are inevitable.
The DA mayoral team, led by Mayor Annette Combrink, claimed their legitimate places in the municipal offices on 29 July bringing stability and delivery back to the Potchefstroom community.