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BREAKING NEWS: Court dismisses expelled councillors application

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ANC members celebrated in council after the nine ANC councillors lost their application to be reinstated.

ANC members celebrated in council after the nine ANC councillors lost their application to be reinstated. 

The council meeting was convened to discuss the Section 106 investigation report at Sol Plaatjie municipality. 

A majority of councillors voted for the report to be put in abeyance pending an application by the chief financial officer Lydia Mahloko not to implement any findings or recommendations of the report. 

The ANC has proposed that a new executive mayor be elected although the item is not on the agenda.

The councillors were also trying to prevent by-elections from being held on February 13 2019 in the wards that they represent in the Sol Plaatje municipal district.

The councillors, as well as Sol Plaatje executive mayor Pula Thabane, wanted to be reinstated in their positions after they were expelled as ANC members on October 25.

The ANC Regional Executive Committee found them guilty of colluding with opposition parties during a council meeting, “against one of their own”, when former Sol Plaatje executive mayor Mangaliso Matika was voted out of office.

They submitted an application to the ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) to review their expulsion on November 16.

The legal representative for the ANC, advocate Monnapule Motlogelwa, said the court applicants could not serve as councillors if they were no longer ANC members.

He believed that the councillors were prompted to approach the court when they were stripped of their salaries and titles following their expulsion.