This is despite widespread information that the REC had proposed the names of Solly Legodi and Ronnie Morwe for mayor, instead of Mabilo
THE DATE for the election of the new mayor of Sol Plaatje Municipality has been moved up to tomorrow, although it remains to be seen whether the candidate chosen by the ANC, Patrick Mabilo, will be voted in.
The Northern Cape Provincial Legislature had not confirmed whether Mabilo had handed in his resignation as a Member of the Provincial Legislature at the time of going to press yesterday.
Mabilo has meanwhile received the thumbs up from the ANC Regional Executive Committee (REC) and the ANC Youth League (ANCYL).
This is despite widespread information that the REC had proposed the names of Solly Legodi and Ronnie Morwe for mayor, instead of Mabilo.
ANC REC secretary Webster Dichaba said yesterday that Mabilo was their preferred candidate out of the three names presented to the ANC Provincial Executive Committee, namely Mabilo, Anna Boqo and Dimakatso Chimkulu.
Provincial ANCYL spokesperson Seki Seleke said that Mabilo had a good track record, having served in the municipality, government, legislature and Parliament.
“It should not be about being a popularity contest but rather about capabilities. We will not be supporting anyone else. The councillors must do the right thing and vote for Mabilo.”
Some ANC Women’s League members stated that it would be preferable to have a woman as mayor.
ANC sources pointed out that some of the ANC councillors and the opposition would be supporting Pule Thabane for the mayoral position and Boitumelo Stout for Speaker if they were nominated.
“The 11 ANC councillors who voted Mangaliso Matika out, were threatened that they would be dealt with, so they have nothing to lose. They are even prepared to vote by way of an open ballot.”