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15 Aug 2013
4:56 pm

Agreement in Springbok municipal clash

An agreement was reached on Thursday in a legal tussle between opposing political parties and government entities in the Northern Cape's Nama Khoi municipality.

The pair had been charged with stock theft. Photo: Supplied

Municipal speaker Joshua Losper said the agreement stated that suspended ANC councillors would be allowed to participate in council meetings.

The arrangement was made a court order, but the status quo at the municipality would be maintained.

Losper said no council meeting could, therefore, take place until an appeal related to a court interdict had been finalised.

Losper, Nama Khoi’s mayor, its municipal manager, and councillors of a Democratic Alliance and Congress of the People coalition filed an application against eight ANC councillors and Northern Cape co-operative governance MEC Alvin Botes.

The issue related to the suspension of the opposition ANC councillors for not attending council meetings.

Their absence resulted in meetings without a quorum, which led to the municipality’s services grinding to a halt.

The municipal management and coalition councillors allegedly made several unsuccessful efforts, include urging the MEC to intervene, to get the ANC members to work.

In the meantime, the ANC won a by-election in Nama Khoi in May, which gave it back a majority of one seat in the council.

Botes and the ANC announced on Monday they were ready to take charge of the municipality during a special council meeting on Thursday.

Losper gave the assurance that municipal services would be delivered to the Nama-Khoi community while the legal matter was resolved.