‘No rea­son to dis­qual­ify ANC can­di­date in Ma­gareng’

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THE AP­PLI­CA­TION brought be­fore the Elec­toral Court in Bloem­fontein by the Fo­rum for Ser­vice De­liv­ery to dis­qual­ify the ANC can­di­date who con­tested the by-elec­tion in Ma­gareng mu­nic­i­pal­ity last week, has been dis­missed.

The ur­gent ap­pli­ca­tion pre­vented the In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (IEC) from for­mally an­nounc­ing the out­come of the by-elec­tion, where the ANC had se­cured the most votes.

IEC pro­vin­cial elec­toral of­fi­cer, Bonolo Modise, said that the court was un­able to find ad­e­quate rea­son to dis­qual­ify the ANC can­di­date.

Mean­while the Ubuntu Mu­nic­i­pal­ity has con­firmed that the in­de­pen­dent coun­cil­lor, Kris­jan James Arens, had not joined the ANC. The ousted mayor of the Ubuntu Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, Paula Jan­tjies, claimed in lawyers let­ters that Arens was an ANC mem­ber.

Ubuntu mu­nic­i­pal man­ager, Than­dazani Makhoba, stated in cor­re­spon­dence that he was not aware of any valid rea­son to de­clare a va­cancy in ward 4.

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