ANC re­tains ma­jor­ity in Ma­musa de­spite al­leged in­fight­ing over ten­ders

Pretoria News - - NATION - BALD­WIN NDABA bald­

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.

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