Ramaphosa must stop ANC’s defence of Tlokwe corruption

Chris Hattingh MPL

DA Leader in the North West

The Democratic Alliance calls on ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to ensure that the ANC vacates the Tlokwe municipal offices after his visit today.

The ANC’s occupation of the municipal offices is in direct opposition to calls from residents and the no-confidence motion against their former mayor.

It is unacceptable that the ANC is prepared to go to court to protect Mr Maphetle against forensic audit findings of corruption against him while important delivery projects such as dealing with dangerous housing conditions due to unsafe dolomitic rocks need to be delayed.

There should be no need for the DA to seek a court order next week to begin our programme of delivery and good governance in Tlokwe municipality.

The truth is that the DA had formally laid charges based on a forensic investigative report on these allegations with the SAPS (CAS 426/5/2013 Potchefstroom). The SAPS then transferred the docket to the HAWKS who are continuing with the investigation.

Therefore, contrary to the ANC’s spin, Mr Maphetle, has not been cleared of all possible charges by the prosecuting authority, a court of law or the Public Protector.   Should any information proving the opposite exist, the ANC is challenged to make this information available to the DA, the HAWKS, the media and public.

The ANC should rather shift its focus to vacating the municipal offices they are illegally occupying to allow the elected DA Mayor to drive delivery and stability in the municipality.