THE Pretoria high court has ruled that 14 dismissed ANC councillors in Limpopo be reinstated.
The court dismissed as "null and void" the actions of the municipal managers in both the Blouberg and Lepelle-Nkumpi municipalities of declaring the seats occupied by the councillors vacant.
The councillors, who served as proportional representatives and ward councillors, were dismissed from work and subsequently from the ANC late last year after they were accused of disrupting council meetings and other sittings.
Sowetan is in possession of an order by the Pretoria high court that is set to be made final on May 27, if the respondents (both acting municipal managers) fail to "show cause why their decisions should prevail".
The court has also found that the decision to expel the councillors from the ANC was unlawful.
It ordered the respondents to refrain from filling the seats of the councillors in both municipalities.
The order, which was granted on April 14 2010, reads in part: "That pending the return day of the Rule Nisi, the respondents must refrain from filling the seats of the applicants on the Blouberg and Lepelle-Nkumpi councils as per item 18 of Schedule 1 of the Municipal Structures Act 117 of 1998."
The councillors are: Moloko Chester Malema, Selaelo Abrinah Seratha, Samuel Mamoloko Motia, Morongwa Johannah Mpalakanye, Matlakala Palmah Makhwiting, Pauti Dorothy Setati, Sello Frans Modiba, Shoni David Semata, Chuene Simon Mokobodi, Matome Nancy Ramolesana and Thobja Leby Moholoa (all from Blouberg) and Masegare Tryphina Mphahlele and Ramolokwane Kekana from Lepelle-Nkumpi municipalities.