ANC Western Cape welcomes court judgment on walk-over clause

ANC Western Cape welcomes court judgment on walk-over clause

4 October 2002, Friday

The ANC Western Cape welcomes the ruling of the Constitutional Court, that public representatives who want to join another party of their choice, may do so with effect from Tuesday for a period of up to 15 days.

Although this can only happen on a local government level for now, the National Assembly will rectify the procedural error to allow for floor-crossing on a national and provincial level.

Speaking at a press conference this morning, ANC Provincial Secretary Mcebisi Skwatsha said: "We are happy with the outcome of the decision of the court. This is long overdue.

"The ANC is confident that it will give us enough time to mobilize support to make it possible for the city to fall to ANC-NNP hands.

"It is clear Mayor Gerald Morkel will have to go. In fact, for the DA and Morkel to avoid any embarrassment and humiliation, it would be better if he voluntarily steps down within the next 48 hours.

"The ANC`s mayoral candidate Nomaindia Mfeketo is ready to take over the reigns from Morkel, to restore dignity and stability to the city council.

"In relation to the court`s judgment on national and provincial floor-crossing, Parliament will have to correct the technical error as indicated by the court.

"It was clear from the outset that it would not be possible for any party to keep captive members within its ranks who do not wish to belong to them.

"The ANC is confident that no single public representative of us will walk over to any other party, because all our representatives are disciplined and committed cadres of the Movement."

Issued by:
ANC Western Cape Communications