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Johannesburg - A motion of no confidence in Tlokwe mayor Annette Combrink will not be addressed on Friday, the North West ANC said.
“While the motion appears as an agenda item in today's (Friday) council meeting, the African National Congress will not be acting on this matter today,” spokesman Kenny Morolong said in a statement.
Fourteen ANC councillors were expelled from the party in July for participating in a motion of no confidence in then Tlokwe mayor Maphetle Maphetle. He was replaced by Combrink of the Democratic Alliance.
The ANC's national disciplinary committee subsequently overturned the expulsions.
Morolong said: “The inevitable removal of the mayor who ascended to the position through the subversion of democracy will only be effected after the conclusion of the outstanding by-elections.”
The ANC retained control of two of three wards in Tlokwe by-elections on Wednesday.
The Electoral Court in Bloemfontein ordered on Tuesday evening that five of the nine by-elections in Tlokwe be postponed.
This was after the court heard an application by five independent candidates who were disqualified from taking part in the by-elections by the Independent Electoral Commission.
A sixth by-election, in Ward 13, was earlier postponed after an out-of-court settlement.
North West Local Government MEC Manketsi Tlhape said on Wednesday the date for the remaining by-elections would be announced once her office received the required documents from the IEC.
Morolong said: “The ANC reaffirms its unwavering resolve to restore democracy and the will of the people of Tlokwe, thus building on the foundation we have already laid to change the lives of our people for the better.”
The DA in the North West could not be reached for comment.