ANC, DA act on defiant members
THE ANC and the DA have vowed to deal with defiant or rogue councillors in ongoing fights over control of small municipalities in the province.
This comes as power in the Kannaland and Matzikama municipalities hang in the balance, with both parties attempting to stop their members from working with one another.
Earlier this week, the ANC gained control of the Matzikama municipality, catching the DA off-guard when one of their own councillors voted with the ANC to elect one of their councillors, Willem Hendrik Nell, as the new mayor.
The position was left vacant after Rhenda Stephen resigned in May after her caucus made a bid for a vote of no confidence against her.
Now DA leader in the province, Bonginkosi Madikizela said swift action will be taken against the “rogue” councillor who acted without the party’s consent by voting in Nell.
The ANC in the municipality has prepared a motion of no confidence in the DA’s remaining speaker, Kallie Louw and deputy mayor, Andreas Sindyamba to ensure that they gain full control of the council on August, 3.
action needs to be taken before this motion takes place to ensure their councillor does not continue to provide the ANC with the votes they need.
Nell said the reason they were able to gain power in the municipality was because they began speaking out around the party’s unfairness in attending to the needs of non-white communities in the areas.
He said this message resonated with both EFF and United Democrats and that one DA councillor.
“So as it stands, I am an ANC mayor working with a DA deputy mayor and speakers, miracles I tell you,” he said.
Madikizela has reiterated his belief in a campaign to pay out councillors in DA-run municipalities to ensure the ANC gains power.
“There is a campaign of buying some councillors where we have majority in order to stage a takeover by the ANC. But we need to deal with our own councillor because we cannot have people who no longer want to be in the DA,” he said.
“When we were voting for a mayor (on Wednesday) we should have installed our own if this one rogue councillor did not vote with the ANC. You can’t vote with the ANC as a member of the DA and get away with it; actions will be taken against him.”