ANC, DA lock horns in Nama Khoi

The ANC wants Mayor Schalk Lubbe to step down but he won’t budge.

The ANC wants Mayor Schalk Lubbe to step down but he won’t budge.

CAPE TOWN - The mayor of the Nama Khoi Municipality in the Northern Cape says he is not going to step down and allow the ANC to take over.

Local leaders have turned to the courts to settle a dispute over who should be in charge.

During a disputed by-election in May, the ANC won a ward from the opposition giving the party the majority.

But the DA claims that six ANC councillors have to be fired for boycotting council meetings.

Mayor Schalk Lubbe says the matter is in the courts hands.

"The premier ignores the law and everything. I can tell you right now I'm of the opinion they will lose their court case. It's so clear."

The political battle has similarities with the dispute between the ANC and DA in the Tlokwe Municipality in the North West.

The DA took the ANC to court in a bid to force Maphetle Maphetle to step down as mayor after being voted out for a second time.

On Monday, the court ruled in favour of the DA, ordering Maphetle to vacate the offices the next morning.

However, he refused to leave, saying he was appealing the decision.

He later abandoned his bid to appeal and stepped down.

The DA's Annette Combrink has taken over as mayor.