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DA, ANC councillors to stand together in Kannaland

Last month the ANC threatened to recall Mayor Magdalene Barry over an unsanctioned alliance struck between the councillors.

Kannaland Municipality logo. Picture: kannaland.gov.za

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance says it will allow its councillors in the Kannaland Municipality to side with the African National Congress (ANC).

Last month the ANC threatened to recall Mayor Magdalene Barry over an unsanctioned alliance struck between the councillors.

The Independent Civic Organisation (Icosa), which has the most seats of any party on the council, says the arrangement is affecting service delivery.

A forensic report says that under Jeffrey Donson's tenure as mayor, fraud, corruption and other financial misconduct amounted to more than R14 million.

DA spokesperson on local government, Masizole Mnqasela, says that it won't act against its councillors for aligning with the ANC if it means keeping Donson away from the public purse.

“We will sort of tolerate it in favour of good governance, in favour of fighting corruption because corruption is the biggest enemy to growth.”

Donson says he's yet to see the forensic report that alleges wrongdoing under his watch and that ANC and DA councillors are also engaging in corrupt practices.

“When we go to an election, people vote for Icosa because they believe us, because we bring the information to them.”

The ANC did not respond to a request for comment.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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