Bheki Cele intervenes in Sol Plaatje Municipality impasse

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Police Minister, Bheki Cele has arrived in Kimberley to urgently intervene in the impasse between the community and the Sol Plaatje Municipality.

Community members are protesting and have barricaded roads in Galeshewe calling for the ousted Sol Plaatje Mayor, Mangaliso Matika to leave office.

Cele is expected to first meet with Premier Sylvia Lucas who has been mum about the issue.

Some schools around Kimberley instructed parents to keep their children at home, fearing violent altercations.

Meanwhile, the Kimberley High Court is yet to hear the urgent application filed by the Democratic Alliance to force Matika to vacate office.

There are still sporadic clashes between police and protestors in Galeshewe.

Sol Plaatje Mayor to vacate office

Meanwhile, the Kimberley High Court has ordered Sol Plaatje Mayor, Mangaliso Matika, to vacate his offices pending the finalisation of the matter on the 22nd August.

Matika was axed from his position last week but refused to leave and contested the legality of the council meeting which removed him.

The provincial Democratic Alliance (DA) took the matter to court.