The mayor of Metsimaholo in the northern Free State, Sello Hlasa, has replaced his entire mayoral committee with ANC members after a coalition between opposition parties and the Metsimaholo Community Association (MCA) collapsed. The alliance crumbled after Hlasa, who is also the leader of the MCA, was said to have aligned himself with the ANC. Following the August local government elections, the DA, EFF, FF Plus and the MCA joined forces to govern the council. Hlasa reshuffled his mayoral committee on Thursday last week at a special council meeting, which was said to be illegal. FF Plus Free State legislature member Wouter Wessels said the decision to replace the committee was illegal because it was not originally on the agenda for the special meeting. The decision to reshuffle the committee was done at the mayor’s discretion, but Hlasa had broken the agreement between the MCA, DA, FF Plus and EFF, he said. The DA and EFF were not immediately available for comment. The MCA said it w...

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