The issue of “parachuted” councilors is far from resolved – and a new revolt is brewing as some disgruntled branches of the ANC in the North West demand their removal. Members of the ANC branch in Ward 1 of the Matlosana Local Municipality, who gathered this week to hear a report on Luthuli House’s decision on proposed remedial measures to the two-year disputes, launched the rebellion. ALSO READ: Mandla Msibi’s future hangs in the balance as disciplinary process begins. They oppose the idea that some of the parachuted councilors should stay while the legitimate candidates chosen by the communities remain…
The issue of “parachuted” councilors is far from resolved – and a new revolt is brewing as some disgruntled branches of the ANC in the North West demand their removal.
Members of room 1 ANC The Matlosana Local Municipality branch, which met this week to hear a report on Luthuli House’s decision on proposed remedial measures to the two-year disputes, launched the rebellion.
They oppose the idea that some of the parachuted councilors should stay while legitimate candidates chosen by the communities remain out of the process.
The report on the corrective measures was presented this weekend by Dina Pule, a member of the ANC national executive committee, who also investigated some of the cases.
By retaining some illegitimate councillors, Luthuli House feared losing some of its municipal seats to the opposition if by-elections were held.
But the community refused to accept the decision and only insisted on its candidate, Pakiso Mqikela, and threatened not to vote for the ANC in the 2024 general elections if its demand was ignored.
The report tasks the North West ANC provincial executive committee with carrying out a political risk assessment to determine which wards were “winnable” so that by-elections would be contested with the initial candidates chosen by the community, while parachuted advisors would be expelled.
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In such cases, parachuted councilors would be subject to disciplinary proceedings and dismissed for violating appointment guidelines and the ANC constitution.
Some saw the move as contradictory because, while some parachuted councilors would be fired, others would be rewarded by retaining their seats – provided their presence served the political interest of the ANC to avoid losing those seats.
Although the ANC secured 89 seats which were later reduced to 76, the branches demanded that all 155 councilors originally nominated by communities in the 2021 local elections be reinstated.
But the figures have since been reduced several times by Luthuli House, causing widespread outcry among communities.
The withdrawal of the parachuted councilors would trigger a series of by-elections, some of which the ANC was not sure of winning. But he strategically wanted to hold elections only in “winnable” neighborhoods and let parachuted councilors continue to occupy their seats where he risked losing.
Meanwhile, the ANC Bojanala region is facing a backlash from members and councilors, who are demanding an explanation for the existence of two mayors.
Suspended mayor Matlakala Nondzaba and acting mayor Victoria Makhaula both receive salaries from the district municipality.
The members concerned also question the continued appointment and retention of ANC leader Ditebogo Moeketsane, who was appointed without being interviewed as required by procedure.