Maphetle surrenders Tlokwe

The ousted mayor has agreed to hand his office over to the DA's Annette Combrink.

The ousted ANC mayor of the Tlokwe municipality, Maphetle Maphetle. Picture: Sapa

PRETORIA - The ANC in Tlokwe has abandoned its bid to appeal a court order evicting its councillors from the municipal offices and has agreed to leave.

On Monday, the North Gauteng High Court dismissed an application by former mayor Maphetle Maphetle and the council's speaker Barei Segotso to have Maphetle's unseating declared invalid.

Judge Neil Tuchten ruled that the council meeting at which the DA's Annette Combrink was elected to replace him was properly constituted, lawful and of full effect.

He added that Segotso put her own party's narrow political ambitions above the interests of the residents of Tlokwe.

The DA's North West leader Chris Hattingh says his counterpart in the ruling party has assured him that the ANC will vacate the Tlokwe council offices.

"They will be vacating the offices and they will invite our mayor and mayoral committee to come to the offices for the handover."

Combrink was elected to replace Maphetle at a controversial council meeting in Potchefstroom earlier this month.

A number of ANC members voted for her after Maphetle failed to deal with damning forensic audit findings of corruption in the municipality. Those councillors were later expelled from the ruling party.

The ANC and DA have since been at loggerheads over who the legitimate mayor of the region is.