Kagisano Molopo local municipality mayor Bitsa Lenkopane. Picture: Facebook

Rustenburg - Embattled Kagisano Molopo local municipality mayor Bitsa Lenkopane has been placed on leave by her party the African National Congress (ANC).

In a statement on Monday night the ANC's North West provincial spokesperson Gerald Modise said that the party's provincial executive committee had resolved that "Bitsa Lenkopane must be placed on leave from her mayoral position until the situation is normalised".

Lenkopane, 42, has already been "suspended" by her council for allegedly not attending council meetings.

However, Lenkopane who is the deputy provincial secretary of the ANC Women's League in North West was at the weekend elected as regional chairperson of the party in Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati.  

Earlier this year, the embattled mayor was found guilty of assault at the Ganyesa Magistrate's Court on March 5, 2018. She was convicted for assaulting Economic Freedom Fighter ward councilor, Boipelo Bareng, and was fined R5 000 or six months imprisonment.

The sentence was suspended for three years on condition that she is not found guilty of the same offence.

African News Agency/ANA