DA loses urgent court application on Tlokwe
Fri, 22 Jan 2016 10:40:00
The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has dismissed with costs an urgent application by the Democratic Alliance (DA) .
The party made an urgent application last Tuesday, requesting that the Tlokwe Municipal Speaker be directed to call a special council meeting next week.
This, after the recent decision by the Constitutional Court nullifying the results of the 2013 Tlokwe municipal by elections, and ordering fresh by- elections.
The move set aside the election of seven African National Congress councillors. Tlokwe Municipal Mayor Kgotso Khumalo spoke after the court ruling.
“From now on we will continue to do our work as we have done. We will continue to render services for the Tlokwe Municipality. One of the few municipalities in the North West province with a high revenue turn over run around 94%. We also financial viable municipality, we will continue do our work and we are still in charge, we are on top of municipality we will be like that after the local government election. The ANC will still win convincingly and will also be in charge of the wards and be in control of, and we looking forward to run an efficient and effective municipality.”
DA leader in the North West, Chris Hattingh says they are consulting with their lawyers for a way forward on the matter.
“It is a clear indication that they will frustrate the process as long as possible by not either convening a meeting for a motion of no confidence in the executive mayor. There is a meeting scheduled – we don’t know whether that meeting will proceed or whether they will have the motion on the table. At this stage we are meeting with our lawyers and we will consider all our options.”
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– By SABC