The African National Congress (ANC) in the North West says drastic action will be taken against all suspected party councillors who might have colluded with opposition parties in the Mamusa Local Municipal Council and voted an Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) councillor, Olebeng Mogorosi, as Speaker of Council.

This then led to the council meeting being disrupted.

However, the meeting was only reconvened late on Tuesday night after being postponed twice. The ANC’s Mitah Chelechel was elected as the new mayor.

Coordinator for the ANC Interim Provincial Committee, Hlomane Chauke says they view the action by the implicated councillors as a betrayal of the mandate of the party.

“It was very clear in our engagement that some within our ranks of councillors have worked with opposition. In fact, the opposition itself was surprised to receive the votes from the ANC. But nonetheless, we have come to a point where the council last night has met and then elected the mayor of the African National Congress and the delegate to the district council. So, all the councils in the North West are run by the African National Congress,” says Chauke.

Chauke says they have already started with their internal investigation.

He says that once the probe has been concluded, the public will be notified on what type of action will be taken against the councillors.