ANC leaders campaign in Tlokwe

Members of the ANC’s national working committee (NWC) have been deployed to wards in Tlokwe where they will campaign ahead of the by-elections next week, the party said on Monday.

The NWC deployees were conducting door-to-door visits on Monday with members of the North West provincial executive committee, the regional task team, and local leaders, the African National Congress said in a statement.

National executive committee members campaigned in the area on Sunday. By-elections will be held on September 18 in Tlokwe, in wards one, four, six, 11, 12, 13, 18, 20 and 26.

The wards, which were previously represented by the ANC, became vacant when it expelled the councillors.

Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor and ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu have been deployed to Ward Four, Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane to ward 13, ANC chairwoman Baleka Mbete and Deputy Minister in the Presidency Obed Bapela in ward 18, ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa in ward 26, and Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom in ward 12.

In July, the ANC expelled 14 councillors after its provincial disciplinary committee found them guilty on four counts of misconduct for participating in a motion of no confidence against Tlokwe mayor Maphetle Maphetle.

Maphetle was replaced by Democratic Alliance councillor Annette Combrink. However, the ANC’s national disciplinary committee overturned the expulsions.

Despite this, eight of the councillors reportedly registered as independent candidates for the upcoming by-elections.

The ANC retained control of ward nine in Tlokwe, with 738 votes, in by-elections held last month. It was followed by independent candidate Khotso Ratikoane with 504 votes.

Last week, ANC deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte said the party was confident it would be able to “bring back” the North West to a “solid ANC”.

“Clearly, there are issues around the mayor of Tlokwe and the ANC’s processes will be in place to deal with those issues,” she said.

“There have been mistakes made on all sides… and what we are trying to do is to find a way forward that will not only appease people but is the right thing to do.”


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