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'ANC is dying under weight of corruption'

A former ANC councillor believes people won’t vote for the party because of corruption surrounding it.

DA supporters congratulate newly appointed Mayor of Tlokwe Municipality (Potchefstroom) Annete Combrink. Picture: Credit: Potchefstroom DA Mayor Facebook page

JOHANNESBURG - One of the former ANC councillors who allowed the Democratic Alliance (DA) to retake the Tlokwe Municipality believes people won't vote for the ANC next year because of corruption surrounding the party.

David Kham was one of the 14 people expelled by the ANC earlier this week after they allowed the DA to take control of the municipality, twice.

On Tuesday, 29 councillors from all parties including the ruling party voted unanimously to return the DA's Annette Combrink to the position of mayor.

The municipality's former mayor Maphetle Maphetle failed to deal with damning forensic audit findings of corruption, and the DA used this as part of its campaign to vote the ANC out.

Kham says he doesn't need the ANC to survive.

"We've got nothing to lose. Remaining outside the ANC doesn't take our lives away. We will remain with the revolution and leave the ANC"

He said the party is dying under the weight of corruption through scandals like Nkandla and Guptagate.

Kham now appears to be involved in efforts to create a new political formation.

The ANC's Ishmael Mnisi said the removal of Maphetle is irregular.

"The mayor together with the other members, including chief whip, were not present in that meeting. We however note and will further investigate the matter with our legal representative."

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