Tlokwe: DA has evidence of misconduct
The DA claims there were irregularities during by-elections last month.
JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Tlokwe says it has evidence of gross misconduct during by-elections held in the North West municipality last month.
The party says it's taken the matter up with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) but as yet, no action has been taken.
The ANC beat independent candidate David Kham in Ward 18 and the DA in Ward 6, but lost Ward 26 to its former councillor Butiki 'Stone' Mahlabe who ran independently.
Complaints about the voters roll and voter district numbers were raised by independent candidates in all three wards.
The DA has claimed that IEC officials observed how voters were being bribed after casting their votes for the ANC.
It has also accused Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini of trying to buy votes by handing out food parcels in the Tlokwe Municipality in the North West Province ahead of the elections.
DA leader in the council and Tlokwe mayor Annette Combrink says they have made objections to the outcome of the elections.
"We consider them to be material objections. We are still looking at certain things and we might well go back to the electoral court to have investigated."
The opposition coalition and ANC now represent an equal number of 23 wards in Tlokwe.
The political battle for control over the Tlokwe municipality has continued since Combrink took over earlier this year following a vote of no confidence in the ANC's Maphetle Maphetle.