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Parties to use Tlokwe by-elections as a yardstick

Some political parties intend to use the February 24 by-elections in the Tlokwe municipality in Potchefstroom as a test of their strength prior to the 2016 Local Government Elections.

Other parties say every election has its own dynamics, and will not use this as a test.

The by-elections come after the Constitutional Court nullified the outcome of the 2013 by-elections, citing irregularities.

The wards became vacant after former ANC councillors voted with the opposition to pass a motion of no confidence in the then mayor of Tlokwe, Maphehle Maphehle.

COPE spokesperson in the North West Kenneth Maduna says they are supporting the independent candidates and observing the dynamics.

Maduna says, “We’re going to use this as a yardstick, to the Local Government Elections that we are going to face… We are confident that we are going to emerge as opposition, to get at least four wards, and it will ensure us the majority that we need to take control of this municipality.”

– By Itumeleng Kgajane

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