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Councillors defy ANC, skip meeting

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The remaining councillors refused to attend as they said that they did not recognise the new mayor and Speaker or ANC provincial secretary Deshi Ngxanga

The former mayor, Sentse Kalman (left), and Speaker, Horatius Modiakgotla, of Phokwane Municipality.

PHOKWANE Municipality is still without a mayor and a Speaker, after a council meeting that was convened to appoint the new mayor and Speaker did not proceed again.

Some ANC councillors, along with all opposition councillors, did not attend the meeting on August 8 and no quorum was reached.

Only five ANC councillors, including the incoming mayor, Cylvia Keamogetse Mothibi, and Speaker, Francis Gcaleka Molola, were present at the meeting.

It was reported that the remaining councillors refused to attend as they said that they did not recognise the new mayor and Speaker or ANC provincial secretary Deshi Ngxanga.

They are said to be supporting the ousted mayor, Sentse Kalman, and former Speaker, Horatious Modiakgotla.

Kalman and Modiakgotla were instructed to vacate their positions in June after they were expelled from the ANC when they were found guilty on charges of misconduct.

Ngxanga had last week warned all ANC councillors to attend the council meeting.

He had reminded the ANC chief whip that “several attempts” to elect a new mayor and Speaker had been unsuccessful, where service delivery was being negatively affected.

Ngxanga had advised that defiant councillors who did not attend council meetings would face disciplinary action.

ANC provincial spokesperson Naledi Gaosekwe yesterday referred media enquiries to the ANC regional office.

The spokesperson for the ANC Frances Baard region, Tshepo Louw, said that the ANC in the region was “dealing with matter internally”.

– Sandi Kwon Hoo