Preparations for by-elections to take place in Maluti-A-Phofung have not been affected by calls by disgruntled members of the ANC to stop them. This comes after the Electoral Commission of South Africa announced that ward elections would be taking place in August.
According to Provincial Electoral Officer, Jabulani Tshabalala, election registrations will happen in 91 voting stations in the embattled municipality. He asserted that the by-elections will take place despite opposition. “There will always be complaints but we have to follow the law. Our mandate is to run elections where elections are declared. We do not declare that elections should take place but municipalities do,” he said.
Presently, there are about 15 council vacancies in Maulti-A-Phofung after the resignations of councillors from the ruling party. “There are vacancies and our mandate is to fill those vacancies,” explained Tshabalala.
Last week a video of ANC national spokesperson, Pule Mabe, was shared as he was confronted by members from the municipality. In the video the disgruntled members demanded to talk to President Cyril Ramaphosa. “The issues of Maluti-A-Phofung are going to get attention from us. We were given a report that members of the ANC voted for the opposition, which is a serious matter. We were given a report and asked to act on this,” said Mabe.
Councillors were ousted for apparently rebelling against the party’s Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) and colluding with the opposition last year.