ANC retains majority in Mamusa despite alleged infighting over tenders
THE ANC has retained its majority at the Mamusa Local Municipality in Schweizer Reneke by the same margin it achieved in 2016.
The party had 11 seats in a 18-member council before the North West provincial government petitioned Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) in October last year to dissolve the entire council owing to corruption and maladministration.
It was alleged that ANC councillors and officials were fighting over municipal tenders and contracts.
Yesterday, IEC head in the North
West Tumelontle Thiba confirmed that the ANC retained its majority in the council while the EFF eclipsed the Forum for Service Delivery (FSD) to become the official opposition. The EFF previously held two seats but increased them to five.
The three seats obtained by the EFF were previously held by FSD, which failed to secure a single seat.
FSD leader Mbahare Kekana, on the eve of these elections, promised to pay R100 000 to each of his party’s candidates who could win a seat in the municipal ward, but it was not to be – they even lost what they had in 2016.
The DA also suffered a major setback when it lost a municipal ward it held in 2016 to the Freedom Front Plus, but it managed to secure a proportional representation seat in council.
DA North West leader Joe McGluwa said: “We have learnt serious lessons over the past year and acknowledged that the mistakes we made in 2019 contributed to the defeat.
“The DA will be finalising its investigation into the mishandling of the Schweizer Reneke matter and will communicate the outcome soon. We believe that the people of Mamusa deserve better, but we respect the voters’ choice,” McGluwa said.
The African Independent Congress (AIC) also secured a seat in the council in its maiden bid.
Thiba said the elections were relatively smooth with no major incidents. He said counting was concluded after 8am and consolidation of results were done two hours later. The seat allocations were concluded yesterday.
The ANC won eight out of the nine wards in Mamusa.
Thiba said the IEC had expected only 5 000 of the more than 20 000 voters in Mamusa to cast their votes but were surprised when the turnout more than doubled. She said the turnout was 13 300.
The South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) welcomed the outcome of the results and urged all parties in council to ensure better working relations with the workers.
Samwu North West secretary Vincent Diphoko said: “We congratulate the residents of Mamusa for having exercised their democratic right and participated in this process.
“The newly constituted council has a mammoth task ahead of them in ensuring that the municipality does not return to being the failure which it was, the failure which had led to the collapse in governance, management and service delivery,” he said.
He said his union was looking forward to working with the new council in ensuring that service delivery was returned to normality.
“We are open to assisting the council and administration to avoid being a failure that it previously was.
“We trust that the new council will ensure that sound labour relations are always maintained in the institution. This in the interest of service delivery,” Diphoko said.