12 ANC councillors get the boot for misconduct

THE ANC in the Peter Mokaba region of Limpopo has fired 12 councillors of the Blouberg municipality for misconduct.

The decision was taken at a special meeting held at the Peter Mokaba (formerly Capricorn) district municipal chamber on Wednesday night.

The names of the councillors are ward 18's David Sematla, ward 10's Levy Moholoa, ward 21's Bongy Ramolefana, ward 3's Perlma Mashite, ward 4's Simon Mokobodi, ward 5's Dorothy Setati and PR councillors Sam Motia, Abrinah Mokami, Chester Malena, Philipine Seratha, Morongwa Mbalakane and Frans Modiba.

ANC regional secretary James Mankge yesterday said the 12 were fired after they had allegedly committed serious cases of misconduct last year.

Mankge said the councillors had tarnished the name of the ANC.

He said they had on several occasions failed to appear before disciplinary hearings called by the party without furnishing valid reasons.

He said among other things the hearings were a sequel to an incident that took place last year in the Blouberg municipality.

A meeting had been called to suspend the former municipal manager.

"Instead of acting like adults and doing things by the book, they brought the municipality to a standstill and disrupted the meeting," Mankge said.

He said: "The councillors were also involved in factionalism within branches of the ANC and held meetings motivated by cabalism.

"In accordance with the policy of the ANC, all those fired are given 14 days, starting from yesterday, to appeal the decision.

"Failure to do so will leave the ANC no option but to appoint new councillors to replace them."

Mankge said the ANC would submit the names of potential new councillors to the Independent Electoral Commission, which would then release a date for bi-elections.

None of the sacked councillors was available for comment at the time of going to press yesterday.