14 Tlokwe councillors expelled from ANC

The ANC councillors were found guilty of "acting contrary to the directives" of the party and violating the ANC constitution, the North West provincial disciplinary committee (PDC) said in a statement on Wednesday.

"Expulsion of the 14 comrades … was found suitable under the given circumstances and the continuing disrespect by the comrades," it said.

Maphetle was unseated for a second time on Tuesday.

Democratic Alliance (DA) councillor Annette Combrink was voted in as the new mayor.

DA North West leader Chris Hattingh said 29 councillors from all parties, including the ANC, had unanimously voted to return Combrink to the position of mayor.


The ANC PDC said 16 councillors faced a disciplinary hearing on Wednesday. However, only two attended the hearing. The two, who pleaded guilty, were "reprimanded" by the PDC and it was decided that they would be provided with "guidance" by the party and would not be expelled.

The other 14, who did not arrive for the hearing, were expelled.

Motion of no confidence in Maphetle
"Members were supposed to have known that such conduct was not authorised either by the PWC [provincial working committee] or NWC [national working committee] of the ANC.

"It is common practice and culture in the ANC that the mayoral appointments and removal thereof are exclusive domain of the higher structures [of the party] …," the PDC said.

It said the expelled members would be removed as Tlokwe councillors.

They were allowed to appeal against their expulsions to the national disciplinary committee of appeal. In November, ANC factions in the municipality passed a motion of no confidence in Maphetle.

He was replaced by Combrink – the first DA mayor in the province – when she defeated ANC candidate Lucky Tsagae by 20 votes to 19.

However, Maphetle was returned as mayor in February, when he won by 31 votes to Combrink's 21.

Irregularly bought Maphetle a Benz
While the DA was in charge, it asked for a forensic investigation into irregularities at the municipality. This probe found the council had irregularly bought Maphetle a R736 000 customised Mercedes-Benz.

Maphetle was also found to have allegedly abused the municipality's disaster management fund and poverty relief fund.

The report recommended that formal disciplinary action be taken against him and other officials.

In May, the DA laid criminal charges against Maphetle.

In June, public protector Thuli Madonsela said she would investigate the claims of corruption involving Maphetle. – Sapa

Subscribe to the M&G

These are unprecedented times, and the role of media to tell and record the story of South Africa as it develops is more important than ever.

The Mail & Guardian is a proud news publisher with roots stretching back 35 years, and we’ve survived right from day one thanks to the support of readers who value fiercely independent journalism that is beholden to no-one. To help us continue for another 35 future years with the same proud values, please consider taking out a subscription.

Related stories

Special Investigating Unit probes Covid-19 tenderpreneurs

The SIU is investigating 102 companies doing business with the provincial government in Gauteng alone

The ANC is selling false hope, but no one’s buying

The disciplinary paralysis in the ANC makes dealing with graft an ambitious exercise in futility

ANC still at odds over how to tackle leaders facing serious graft allegations

The ANC’s top six has been mandated to work closely with its integrity committee to tackle claims of corruption against senior party members

‘The corrupt must go to jail’

As Gauteng braces itself for its Covid-19 peak, the provincial government says it is knuckling down to deal with ‘shameful’ corruption allegations

Comrade Andrew Mlangeni was the embodiment of service

Kgalema Motlanthe paid tribute to ANC struggle stalwart Andrew Mlangeni, who died on Tuesday, at his 95th birthday celebrations last month

1962, China: The day Mao met Mlangeni

In this edited extract from The Backroom Boy, an autobiography of the late Andrew Mokete Mlangeni by Mandla Mathebula, the ANC struggle stalwart meets Mao Tse-Tung while in military training in China
Advertising

Sekhukhune’s five-year battle for water back in court

The residents of five villages are calling for the district municipal manager to be arrested

Fees free fall, independent schools close

Parents have lost their jobs or had salaries cut; without state help the schools just can’t survive

Vaccine trial results due in December

If successful, it will then have to be manufactured and distributed

White men still rule and earn more

Women and black people occupy only a few seats at the JSE table, the latest PwC report has found
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…

The best local and international journalism

handpicked and in your inbox every weekday