Warren Mabona
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17 Sep 2015
2:20 pm

ANC’s Legoete wants mayor Thale removed

Warren Mabona

North West ANC provincial secretary Dakota Legoete is entangled in a factional war for allegedly threatening his party’s councillors with expulsion unless they bow to his order to remove a local municipality mayor from office.

Legoete is alleged to be using his political power in a bid to purge Ramotshere Moiloa local municipality mayor, Afrika Thale, for no apparent reason.

The unseating of Thale is expected to be carried out in a motion in the council on Tuesday next week. Legoete’s alleged threat to councillors has prompted Ramotshere Moiloa local municipality speaker Jonas Thwesha to ask ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe to intervene.

In a letter sent to Luthuli House dated September 10, Thwesha described the motion as contrary to the rules of order as adopted by the council. Thale said Legoete had no right to instruct the councillors to unseat him. “They say they want to remove me because I did not align the budget with the integrated development planning of the municipality, which I did,” he said.

The names and signatures of 15 ANC councillors and two from the DA are on the petition register. Legoete denied the allegations against him and asked to be sent a letter before he would comment. Mantashe said: “I cannot be aware of the matter because I don’t have the letter.”