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KOP ousts DA as coalition partner in Central Karoo

The KOP and the DA governed the municipality in a coalition after the local government election produced a hung council, with the ANC & DA both having three seats. The KOP was the kingmaker.

FILE: Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The political leadership of the Laingsburg Municipality has again changed hands after the Karoo Ontwikkelings Party (KOP) ousted the Democratic Alliance (DA) as a coalition partner.

The two parties governed the municipality in a coalition after the local government election produced a hung council, with the African National Congress (ANC) and DA both having three seats. The KOP was the kingmaker.

At a council meeting earlier on Thursday, a motion of no confidence was brought against the DA deputy mayor and speaker.

The ANC’s Central Karoo secretary Windy Plaatjies said: “The KOP, which is the organisation that we’re sharing the coalition with, now has mayor. We have the deputy mayor, the speaker and district representative.”

A DA councillor has confirmed the motion was passed and that the ANC-KOP coalition has taken control of the council.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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