South Africa: Game of Thrones, Cederberg Style - ANC Seizes Local Council As DA Man Defects

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Wednesday saw high drama in Cederberg Municipality after the DA speaker defected from the governing party to the opposition ANC. The DA mayor and ADC deputy mayor were thrown out in a motion of no-confidence, but the DA says it will challenge this in court.

The ANC in the Western Cape pulled off a heist in the Cederberg municipality when it managed to persuade DA council speaker Bertie Zass to join the ANC and vote with the party in an urgent motion of no confidence in the mayor and deputy mayor.

The ANC's Danville Smith, MPL and shadow MEC for Local Government, announced Zass's switch from the DA to the ANC at a briefing in the provincial legislature in Cape Town.

"We warned the DA about its arrogance in municipalities," said Smith.

Before Wednesday's "sensitive council meeting" -- as described by Smith -- the DA had five seats in Cederberg, the ANC five seats and a local party, the Alliance of Democratic Congress (ADC) had one seat in the 11-seat municipality.

The West Coast municipality includes the towns of Citrusdal, Clanwilliam, Lamberts Bay and Elands Bay.

The ADC had worked with the DA to gain a majority in the municipality,...

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