- A number of ANC councillors in the Free State say they will be leaving the party
- This comes after the ANC provincial executive committee fired them from their posts
- They say they will now be running as independent candidates in the upcoming election in the area
The ANC's disciplinary committee for misconduct last year dismissed 14 councillors in Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality in the Free State.
Now, the councillors say they are divorcing themselves from the party.
They willbe running in the upcoming elections in the region as independent candidates.
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The ANC has been trying to resolve the leadership issues in the Free State in the last several weeks, Briefly.co.za has gathered. Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma held a meeting last week with some of those involved in an attempt to keep the party together, but it appears the attempt has been unsuccessful.
The issues began after service delivery protests broke out in Phuthaditjhaba, according to News24. This to the ANC firing then-mayor Vusi Tshabalala. The succession battle for the mayoral position then sparked tensions inside the party.
Thabo Meeko, a spokesperson for the ANC in the Free State, said the 15 councillors were then fired for ill-discipline.
However, Pharatlane Motloung, a spokesperson for the councillors who were axed, disputes Meeko's version of the events. Motloung says that the councillors - including Gilbert Mokotso, who was voted in to replace Tshabalala - were dismissed because others within the party "wanted to impose someone else to become the executive mayor".
Motloung added that the councillors would hold a meeting on Monday, at which point they would officially leave the ANC.
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