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DA councillors who voted with ANC could face disciplinary action

The DA is investigating claims councillors in the Kannaland council voted with the ANC.

FILE: DA federal executive chairperson James Selfe. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - Democratic Alliance (DA) councillors in the Kannaland council who voted with the African National Congress (ANC) could face disciplinary action.

Speaking at a media briefing on coalition agreements in Sandton, DA federal executive chairperson James Selfe told reporters it appears local leaders entered into an unauthorised agreement with the ANC.

Party representatives in the Karoo Municipality have denied they have gone into a coalition, but rather voted together to keep former mayor Jeffrey Donson and Independent Civic Organisation of South Africa (Icosa) out of power.

Icosa was allocated three seats, while the ANC and DA had two each.

Yesterday, an ANC mayor and DA Speaker were voted in.

Selfe says the DA is investigating the matter.

"If it is found that the people acted outside the mandate, then disciplinary steps will be taken against them and the newly elected DA speaker will be required to resign."

The DA's Zelda Jongbloed says councillors decided to put their ideological differences aside.

"The interest of local community should and will be put above the ideologies of the political party.

"As far as Kannaland is concerned, that region could no longer afford a government led by Jeffrey Donson."

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