Barely eight months in office, the fragile coalition at the local municipality Metsimaholo in the free state is again in trouble.
The junior coalition partners want to sell SACP mayor Lindiwe Tshongwe.
The Metsimaholo Community Association (MCA), the Forum for Service Delivery (FSD) and the African Independent Congress (AIC) have submitted a no-confidence vote against Tshongwe and accuse it of having "no control" over its mayoral committee.
The SACP leads the municipality, in coalition with the ANC, MCA, FSD and AIC.
The municipality was dissolved last July, when the council failed to reach the budget after disagreement in the coalition. It was forced to hold interim elections in December. At that time, the MCA had the position of mayor, in coalition with the Democratic Alliance and supported by the EFF.
During the elections in December, however, there was no real winner again, which means that a new coalition government had to be formed to govern the municipality.
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The MCA, FSD and AIC accuse the mayor of "inconsistency in implementing the resolutions of the council" and claim that there is "no political direction on the strategic objectives of the municipality".
The complaints were set out in a motion that was submitted to the municipality on Tuesday.
The SACP said it was surprised that their partners had chosen to file a vote of no confidence against Tshongwe, rather than expressing their concerns in the multi-party structure that was set up to resolve any disputes.
Free State SACP spokesperson Phillip Kganyago said they were not aware of disagreements within the coalition.
He said, however, that they were trying to meet coalition partners to resolve differences.
"We have to save the coalition, but the party would not continue with that line if it means endangering the principles of local authority governance." We will not accept such requirements, "Kganyago said.
& # 39; We've burned our fingers before & # 39;
He said that Tshongwe had governed the municipality on the basis of decisions taken in the council. Kganyago admitted that the latest move threatens the survival of the coalition.
The party got three seats in the first election, independent of its alliance partner, the ANC, which got 16 seats. The municipality was traditionally under the ANC.
The provincial chairman of the DA, Patricia Komape, said the parties had contacted them in an effort to form a coalition, but they rejected their request.
She said that they would only accept a coalition if they got the mayor, the speaker and the mayoral council.
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"We have burned our fingers before we try to accommodate MCA, but unfortunately, with the small parties, it's about power, it's the policy of the stomach," said Komape.
She said that power now rests with the inhabitants of Metsimaholo.
"This type of coalition is unstable, it affects the administration, nothing happens, just as much as I feel for the people of Metsimaholo, but in a democracy you deserve the government for which you voted."
She said that the Public Prosecution Service now focused on the national and provincial elections of 2019.