26 February 2013

South Africa: Tlokwe Mayoral Vote Goes Ahead Despite Court Date

press release

Tlokwe Speaker ANC Councillor Barei Segotso forced a no confidence motion vote in DA Mayor Annette Combrink to go ahead today despite a pending High Court hearing date.

On 29 April the North Gauteng High Court is due to hear an application (12107/13) brought by DA councillors for the setting aside of the no confidence motion.

The DA plans to continue with the case involving several irregularities in the tabling of the motion.

The application is entirely funded by DA councillors and no public money is being used.

Depsite legal advice from the Tlokwe Municipality's attorney, Speaker Barei Segotso insisted on the vote going ahead.

This decision shows blatant disregard for court processes currently underway.

The DA believes that the ANC is resorting to irregular means to gain back power in an attempt to cover up fraud and corruption before it is exposed.

A forensic investigation instituted by the DA-led Tlokwe municipality into these allegations is at an advanced stage.

ANC Councillors re-elected former ANC Mayor Maphetle Maphetle despite him being central to suspected corruption in Tlokwe.

Mr Maphetle also purchased a R736 000 mayoral vehicle for himself, which the DA has since refused to use.

The ANC today showed itself to be a party that does not care about good governance in Tlokwe.

Officials of the municipality are suspected of going as far as sabotaging Potchefstroom's water pumps causing taps to run dry in the town ahead of this council meeting.

A man facing corruption allegations was re-elected and court processes were ignored.

The DA trusts that the High Court application will see the continuation of good governance in Tlokwe.

The longer the DA is able to remain in office, the more chance a delivery culture has of being entrenched in the municipality to the benefit of all residents.

The DA thanks all of the opposition councillors for their excellent work. Potchefstroom is a cleaner place both on the streets and in the town administration just three months down the line.

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