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ANC to severely punish its councillors who voted for EFF

The ANC in the North West on Tuesday confirmed that three councilors, who secretly voted for the EFF's Olebogeng Mogorosi as speaker of the Mamusa municipality, had been identified. Disciplinary proceedings were set to start as soon as the provincial ANC received reports from the affected region's leadership. 

The party's provincial structure was also expecting a report from the Dr. Ruth Segomotsi Mompati district municipality, where some ANC councilors voted for the EFF's Tebogo Babuile as the executive mayor. 

Speaking to News24 on Tuesday, ANC North West Interim Provincial Committee (IPC) spokesperson, Kenny Morolong, said disciplinary proceedings against the councilors would only go ahead after the IPC had received reports from the affected regions.

"The party condemns in the strongest possible terms the developments in the Mamusa and Dr. Ruth Segomotsi Mompati district municipality. We [the IPC] are set to receive reports from regional leaders from the affected areas shortly and severe consequences will follow," said Morolong. 

North West ANC IPC coordinator, Hlomane Chauke, told the SABC they had identified the councilors. 

"In Mamusa, the three comrades who voted with the EFF confessed to the party that they voted with the opposition, and we are busy dealing with that process. We are going to deal with them through the ANC's internal disciplinary process, using the contracts that they signed as councilors because they have breached the contract. They have broken the agreements between them and the party in terms of their deployment," said Chauke.

With regard to what transpired in Dr. Ruth Segomotsi Mompati, Chauke said they were "currently investigating the situation" - and, as soon as this had been finalized, "we will take action".

"It is clear that they used the secret ballot to vote against the ANC," said Chauke. 

Other senior provincial leaders told News24 the expectation was that the councilors were going to be recalled, even if it meant by-elections and a greater chance of the ANC losing further ground in the provinces where its support saw a great decline. 

"The possibility is that we may have to withdraw all those councilors because we cannot afford a situation where, from the start, we have councilors already showing this characteristic of ill-discipline," Chauke said.  

An ANC leader in the Free State said the party was also investigating what happened in the Metsimaholo municipality, where the EFF's Selloane Motjoane surprisingly emerged as mayor after ANC councilors voted for her.

"Despite the EFF already indicating that they will be recalling the mayor as they do not want to be supported by ANC councilors, the entire debacle has left a bad taste [for] the national and provincial ANC leadership. 

A senior ANC Free State leader said: "Even if these would result in by-elections in the wards, where the councilors will be removed for going against the ANC, the party has accepted this. The ANC expects a lot more by-elections that will emanate from the dispute resolution process currently being handled by former president Kgalema Motlanthe," said an ANC national executive committee (NEC) member.

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