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Protesters want mayor and Speaker reinstated

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The ANC NEC on a “false pretext” as they did not follow the correct channels when they lodged an appeal to the NEC.

Picture: Phill Magakoe/African News Agency (ANA)

A GROUP of people from Hartswater and Pampierstad have vowed to continue protesting outside the Phokwane Municipality offices until the former mayor, Sentse Kalman, and Speaker, Horatius Modiakgotla, who were both expelled by the ANC last month, are reinstated.

The protesters are also demanding that the administrator, Mr Ndwandwe, steps down with immediate effect.

The municipality was placed under administration in April as it was struggling to honour payments to Sedibeng Water, Vaalharts Water and Eskom.

Meanwhile, municipal workers said that they are being intimidated because they support the administrator. “The council must be disbanded. A group of inciters are doing everything in their power to undermine the work of the administrator.”

Staff indicated that Kalman and Modiakgotla were up until last week still reporting for duty.

“Kalman and Modiakgotla and a group of councillors headed up a clandestine budget meeting inside the Phokwane offices last Sunday,” they claimed.

The Northern Cape Department of Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs obtained an interim interdict last week, prohibiting Kalman and Modiakgotla from entering the municipal offices.

They will only be able to set foot in the building if they obtain prior permission and will be allowed inside to pay their personal municipal accounts.

Expelled

Kalman and Modiakgotla were expelled by the ANC after they lost their appeals, where they were found guilty by the ANC regional executive committee of undermining the decision of the ANC caucus, collaborating with the opposition in council and dividing the ANC in the sub-region.

ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule has intervened by instructing ANC provincial secretary Deshi Ngxanga to suspend all action taken against the two expelled members pending an investigation by the ANC national executive committee (NEC).

Ngxanga had indicated that they would not overturn the expulsions of Kalman and Modiakgotla.

He stated that the pair had approached the ANC NEC on a “false pretext” as they did not follow the correct channels when they lodged an appeal to the NEC.

Phokwane Municipality did not respond to media enquiries.