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ANC back in control in Ubuntu

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The ruling party now controls most of the municipalities in the Province

File photo: Sizwe Ndingane

THE ANC regained control of the Ubuntu Municipality, which it lost during last year’s local government elections, and a new mayor has been elected.

The ANC in the Northern Cape now controls most of the municipalities in the Northern Cape, except the Kgatelopele Municipality in the ZF Mgcawu District.

The ANC took control of the Ubuntu Municipality after a special council meeting, to pass a motion to remove the mayor and the speaker of the municipality, was held last week.

Three ANC councillors and an independent councillor voted for the motion and it was passed on majority.

The ANC in the Northern Cape said yesterday that it “gave them great joy” to be afforded another opportunity to lead the Ubuntu Municipality.

“The ANC would like to congratulate Amelia Kweleta on being elected as the mayor. We are indeed confident that together with her team, they will make sure that we deliver services to our people. The ANC will closely monitor the progress in that municipality,” ANC provincial secretary, Deshi Ngxanga, said yesterday.

The DA stated that the party had decided to “end the coalition agreement in the Ubuntu Local Municipality due to the consistent non-cooperation of the two independent councillors”.

“We cannot be in a coalition with partners who prevent us from delivering on our mandate. As a result, DA councillors abstained from voting on the motion of no confidence in the former mayor, Paula Jantjies,” DA spokesperson, Safiya Stanfley, said.