Plans to purge four Ventersdorp ANC councillors untrue

The ANC in Bokone Bophirima has denied reports that it plans to expel four Ventersdorp-based councillors.

According to an anonymous ANC member, there was talk of the party recalling the councillors and holding by-elections.
The source said the councillors of wards 34, 29, 30 and a proportional representative councillor, all from Ventersdorp, are rumoured to back Cyril Ramaphosa as opposed to Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as the next ANC president. The ANC NW has publicly announced that it will be backing Dlamini-Zuma at the ANC conference in December.’
In addition, these councillors were allegedly involved in a move to remove the executive mayor, Kgotso Khumalo, and the speaker, Elias Mogeemang, through a vote of no confidence.
Dakota Legoete, the ANC secretary general denied these allegations, however. ‘In terms of the ANC Constitution, there is a procedure as to how you can recall a public office bearer. ‘We know the leadership capabilities of the custodian in chief of the constitution in the province and he would never be so reckless. We find these allegations to be frivolous and with the malicious intention of damaging the standing of our chairperson,’ he said.
When talks of a merger between Tlokwe and Ventersdorp municipalities started in 2015, Prof. André Duvenhage, a political analyst from NWU summed it up as such: ‘It is common knowledge that the ANC’s support base in Potchefstroom has been on the decline in recent times and the amalgamation with Ventersdorp was politically motivated – it was about the survival of the ANC in Potchefstroom.’
The source believes the ANC will have less difficulty winning the by-elections in Ventersdorp than in Potchefstroom. The ordinary council meeting on Wednesday seems to have turned this argument upside down, however. The DA’s motion of no confidence against the mayor and the speaker was defeated by a united ANC.
The NW ANC chairperson, Mr Supra Mahumapelo allegedly had one-on-one sessions with all the ANC councillors in the J.B. Marks Municipality three weeks ago, after learning about the planned motion of no confidence. The province’s alleged solution to the problem was to offer the MM a payout settlement because she is believed to be in the middle of two factions within the municipality.
Legoete refuted the allegations that Mahumaphelo had facilitated any settlement between the parties.
He said visits to sub-regions is a normal part of the provincial ANC’s programme. Subsequent to that, the leadership engages the ANC caucuses in municipalities and branches. In fact, he said, Mahumaphelo had passed the job on to the deputy provincial secretary, Suzan Dantjie.
‘The matter between the MM and the council is their business in terms of the labour laws of the Republic. It’s an employer-employee relationship and, therefore, the ANC NW cannot interfere, particularly as the matter is currently before a court of law.
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Selogile Leshage
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