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No confidence motion to remove Kannaland Speaker, mayor fails

Individual DA and ANC councillors struck a deal to keep the Icosa from regaining control over the council.

Kannaland Municipality logo. Picture: kannaland.gov.za

CAPE TOWN - A motion of no confidence to remove the mayor and Speaker in the Kannaland municipality has failed.

Nobody won an outright majority in last year's local government elections, so individual Democratic Alliance and African National Congress councillors struck a deal to keep the Independent Civics Association of South Africa (Icosa) from regaining control over the council.

But former Icosa mayor Jeffrey Donson is crying foul, saying there's confusion over the nature of their alliance.

The DA and ANC are doing everything in their power to keep Icosa from making a comeback, even forming an informal coalition.

But Donson alleges that the four-member alliance is flouting tender regulations and their appointment of the municipal manager and chief financial officer was not above board.

“The community wants to know what's going on in the municipality. There's no service delivery.”

The DA's local government spokesperson and MPL Masizole Mnqasela says there's no formal coalition arrangement with the ANC.

“What we do have is councillors in the municipality doing what's best for the community they represent.”

Last month, the ANC said it would recall Mayor Magdalene Barry for working with the DA, but this has not happened.

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