The Polokwane High Court, Limpopo on Tuesday dismissed an urgent application by an ANC member who demanded to be registered as the Candidate for the ward 17 Lepelle-Nkumpi Local Municipality By-elections. The By-election will be held in Ward 17 on Tuesday, 11 June with a current total of 3 685 registered voters. The ward is made up of three Voting Districts and will open at 07h00 and close at 21h00.

The ward was previously represented by the ANC and became vacant as a result of the death of the ward councillor.

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Walter Nkune has been elected to represent the ANC in the By-elections. But Moroaswi Tshehledi launched an urgent application with the Polokwane High Court against the decision of the ANC to register Nkune.

The Polokwane High Court, Limpopo on Tuesday dismissed an urgent application by an ANC member
David Mahlobo delivering the main address at Ward 17

URGENT APPLICATION BY ANC WARD 17 MEMBER DISMISSED BY POLOKWANE HIGH COURT

On Monday after considering the urgent application, the Polokwane High Court dismissed the application for lack of urgency. It was dismissed with costs.

“The ANC Limpopo PEC welcomes the High Court decision and strongly believes that it will send a message to its members to desist from using the court to demand deployment,” said the ANC.

“Deployment in the ANC remains a privilege and not a right, and the organization will continue to vigorously defend any court application aimed at forcing its structures to effect deployments in favour of any applicant.

“The ANC Limpopo further calls upon all its members to use the available political remedies provided by various guidelines and the constitution where they feel aggrieved.”

Meanwhile, Ponagatjo Negry Chiloane will represent Defenders of the People while Hlakodisho Hlabanelo Ramalebana will represent the EFF. Leka Steven Nambo will represent Economic Liberators Forum South Africa and Thapelo Mowa will represent United Africans Transformation.