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ANC, EFF fight for city ward

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The election will be contested by John Gaolatlhwe Diphahe from the ANC and Nkagisang Mirriam Tshekela from the EFF

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A MUNICIPAL by-election will be held in Kimberley tomorrow in Ward 7 following the termination of the ANC councillor from the party.

The election will be contested by John Gaolatlhwe Diphahe from the ANC and Nkagisang Mirriam Tshekela from the EFF.

According to the IEC, the ward was previously represented by the ANC and became vacant as a result of the councillor’s membership termination from the party.

“The voter turnout for this ward in the 2016 municipal elections was 55.71% and the ANC candidate won the ward with 76.87% of valid votes.”

The voting stations are at the RC Elliot Hall and Masiza Primary School.

The previous councillor, Pulane Kwagile, was part of a group of 11 ANC councillors who were charged by the party after they voted together with the opposition to remove the then Sol Plaatje executive mayor, Mangaliso Matika, in May last year.

The councillors were charged with breaching the Councillor Deployment Agreement entered into with the ANC, which states that “councillors will observe discipline, behave honestly and carry out loyalty to the decisions of the ANC caucus and of the ANC”, as well as to “manage his or her public conduct and behaviour in a manner that will uphold the good name and reputation of the ANC and not do anything or say anything that brings or could bring or has the potential to bring, or as a consequence thereof, bringing the ANC into disrepute”.