ANC owes it to Tlokwe – Mantashe

Gwede Mantashe says the ANC owes it to Tlokwe residents to undo the damage of the past.

FILE: ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe. Picture: SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - The ruling party owes it to Tlokwe residents to undo the damage of the past and correct the mistakes in the municipality, ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe said on Monday.

He says there is no political battle between the ANC and the DA in the region and claims his party is taking charge of the problem.

Three weeks ago, Democratic Alliance (DA) councillor Annette Combrink was voted in as Tlokwe's new mayor for a second time since November, unseating ANC mayor Maphetle Maphetle.

Maphetle was voted out by DA and ANC councillors after a vote of no-confidence.

The ANC filed papers to nullify that meeting.

It introduced six new councillors to replace those involved in unseating Maphetle.

The other eight positions will be filled through by-elections.

Mantashe says the ANC "has an obligation to work within the community."

He says the ANC is spending a lot of time in Tlokwe to deal with the broader problems in the Potchefstroom area.

Mantashe says locals gave the ANC a mandate and any mistake in the municipality amounts to letting the community down.