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Will DA lose Beaufort West to ANC?

The resignation of Beaufort West Mayor Djorge Malooi will ignite a battle that could possibly see the municipality change hands.

Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The resignation of Beaufort West Mayor Djorge Malooi will ignite a battle that could possibly see the municipality change hands.

Malooi stepped down earlier this week, a move that's plunged the municipality into uncertainty.

It's understood he resigned from his position, citing 'personal problems'.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) and the African National Congress (ANC) both had six seats in the council before Malooi stepped down.

With support from the Karoo Democratic Force (KDF), which has one seat, the DA wrestled control of the municipality from the ANC.

Malooi's abrupt resignation now opens the door for a by-election.

The party that wins the by-election will take over the troubled municipality.

This could also have significant consequences for the Central Karoo District Municipality, where the KDF has the mayoral position through its coalition with the DA.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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