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Defected ANC councillors confident to take Rustenburg municipality

Former African National Congress (ANC) councillors who defected from the party and have formed the Forum for Service Delivery say they are ready to take the Rustenburg Local Municipality from the party.

 

They say they are confident of a convincing win in at least 15 of the 45 wards in Rustenburg, including Marikana.

The Forum’s Bosa Ledwaba says a coalition is on the cards, if they don’t get a convincing majority.

Ledwaba says, “We are confident that we are going to win 15 wards… again in case we don’t get an outright majority, we will go into a coalition with other political parties, except the ANC.”

The ANC mayoral candidate, who is also the incumbent mayor of Rustenburg Mpho Khunou says his party is unfazed, as they are ready to hit the ground running.

“Other parties just talk and criticise, we have a plan. For the next five years, we are going to be spending in excess of R20 billion to extend provision of services, to bring changes to areas of Rustenburg, which have not seen change.”

Meanwhile, 30 people have been arrested for public violence and damage to property at Marikana.

This after unemployed youths demanded employment at Lonmin’s platinum mine.

Police confirmed that they arrested 30 suspects.

The youth had for weeks been demanding jobs from Lonmin despite the company saying it is stretched.

Earlier in the year the company laid-off about 6000 of its workforce. But the youth disputed this saying; they are deliberately overlooked in favour of people from other provinces or countries.

The extent of the damage caused by protesters is still unknown.

Those arrested will appear in court on Monday.

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