Two DA Tlokwe councillors join ANC ahead of elections
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 06:13:37
Two Democratic Alliance (DA) councillors from the Tlokwe municipality in the North-West have joined the African National Congress (ANC) ahead of next month’s Local Government Elections.
The Potchefstroom based council is expected to be closely contested between the ANC and the DA.
It has made headlines in the past two years, with independent candidates in and out of courts, challenging the voters’ roll.
ANC Provincial Chairperson, Supra Mahumapelo, says the defection of the two councillors from the Promosa township has weakened the DA.
“What it means for the council, it means the ANC now got additional two councillors who if we are forced to vote on any matter, they can vote with the ANC and support us.”
Mahumapelo adds: “I am very happy that these councillors are saying they have been misled. Now it does not matter how long it has taken them to realise that all the things that they have been told were actually lies about the ANC coming from the DA.”
DA Caucus leader in Tlokwe, Chris Landsberg, says they are not surprised by the move of the two councillors.
“I am almost in a situation where we can say good riddance, so its general municipal elections, these things do happen. So the DA would not be distracted from our mission to endeavour to take over the city council of Tlokwe.”