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Third motion of no confidence hangs over head of George mayor

Mayor Charles Stander’s was in hot water after wife laid assault charges against him last month.

George Mayor Charles Standers. Picture: george.org.za
George,Charles Standers,motion of no confidence
Local Politics

CAPE TOWN - The leader of the Concerned Residents party in George has indicated a third motion of no confidence is on the cards against the town’s mayor Charles Standers ahead of the local government elections.

Virgill Gericke tabled two failed motions against Standers relating to claims of domestic violence and corruption in the municipality at the mayor’s behest.

The motions come after Standers’s wife laid assault charges against him last month.

She has since withdrawn charges but the National Prosecuting Authority is still deciding whether to prosecute.

Gericke adds these allegations need to be discussed.

“The Democratic Alliance (DA) voted against their own principles and that shows hypocrisy on the side of the DA and I think George’s people deserve a much better government. This leadership has always been rejected by the entire public of George. There is no clear-cut guidance.”

But the municipality’s Pieter Pepler has dismissed the motions as mere politicking.

“The result of the vote set out a clear message that council acknowledges the mayor’s role as the political leader of the municipality. The latter backfired in Councillor Gericke’s face somewhat, as council rallied behind the executive mayor and publically declared its confidence in him.” 

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)

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