DA turns to courts as ANC refuses to give up Oudtshoorn

ANC councillors are refusing to relinquish power despite a DA and Cope coalition which enjoys a majority.

FILE: The DA turned to the courts after ANC councillors refuse to relinquish power despite a DA and Cope coalition which enjoys a majority. Picture: RSC Inc.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA's) turned to the courts in an effort to force the African National Congress (ANC) to hand over control of the troubled Oudtshoorn Local Municipality.

ANC councillors are refusing to relinquish power despite a DA and Cope coalition which enjoys a majority in the local town council.

DA Western Cape leader Patricia de Lille said she wrote to ANC President Jacob Zuma requesting he instruct council officials to vacate their offices.

De Lille said the party also approached the Supreme Court of Appeal.

"We have asked the Supreme Court of Appeal to strike down the previous judgment that said they will not be allowed to bring a motion of no confidence in the mayor, the deputy mayor and the speaker."

But the ANC's Marius Fransman said control of the municipality should be handed over to the national government.

"She is the leader of the DA, she must instruct the MEC now to immediately put Oudtshoorn under administration or to go into a cooperative arraignment with national government."