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Opposition maintains Matika must go

The Democratic Alliance in the Northern Cape says it has noted that judgement in the DA’s bid to remove Mangaliso Matika as mayor of Sol Plaatje has been reserved until Friday the 31st of August.

Last week arguments were heard in the Kimberley High Court – in the DA’s application to uphold the outcome of the special council meeting held late July, where a majority of councilors present including eleven ANC councillors passed a motion of no confidence in Sol Plaatje Executive Mayor Mangaliso Matika. Leader of the opposition party in the Northern Cape Andrew Louw said the party maintains that they are confident in their case to remove the Executive Mayor of the greater Kimberley area. “We remain confident that our case is strong. Matika has long since lost legitimacy to lead the council as mayor.”

A legal expert that Solomon Star spoke to holds a different view. He stated that the DA’s case is weak and he is confident that they will not be the victors after the judgement. He continued that important procedural aspects have been flouted prior and during the now infamous council meeting that resolved to remove the Sol Plaatje mayor. “It is highly unlikely that the judge would ignore the flouting of the procedures as these are lawful instructions that must be complied with. Failure to do so, will result in the meeting being declared unprocedural and its decisions unlawful.”

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