ANC, DA act on de­fi­ant mem­bers

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - NEWS - TSHEGO LEPULE

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.

Madik­izela

said

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.”

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