Cape Town - Local Government MEC Anton Bredell has emerged victorious in his department’s legal battle with the Oudtshoorn municipal Speaker, who is seen as the main stumbling block in the DA’s attempts to take control of the town’s council.
At issue is a decision by the Speaker, John Stoffels, to bar two DA councillors from voting during a council meeting. The Western Cape High Court declared this decision illegal, prompting Stoffels to apply for leave to appeal. But, on Thursday, Judge Ashton Schippers refused his application.
The council is run by an ANC-led coalition, but thanks to a successful by-election the DA has the balance of councillors.
However, Stoffels has contrived to avoid a vote of no-confidence.