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DA march to WCape municipality

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The Democratic Alliance marched to the Oudtshoorn Municipality on Monday morning in protest against alleged mismanagement of the area.

DA Western Cape leader Ivan Meyer said a memorandum was handed to Mayor Gordon April.

The document listed examples of “gross mismanagement” and “dirty tricks” allegedly employed by the African National Congress.

According to Southern Cape police spokesman Captain Malcolm Pojie, more than 1000 people took part in the march.

“There were no criminal activities or incidents that took place,” he said.

“There were some Icosa (Independent Civic Organisation of SA) bystanders positioned somewhere but they didn’t march as such.”

Meyer said a coalition between the ANC, Icosa and the National People’s Party had “clung to power” in the municipality.

“[This is] despite the fact that the DA won a by-election in August last year which gave us control of the Oudtshoorn council.”

The local DA constituency asked on Monday that the municipality be placed under administration.

“I will take this request to the Western Cape government,” said Meyer.

Municipality spokesman Ntobeko Mangqwengqwe confirmed the memorandum had been received and said a response would follow at a later stage. SAPA

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