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Mark Willemse (right) and Elrick Van Aswegen (left) have been elected as Executive Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Knysna
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New mayor for knysna

Mark Willemse and Elrick Van Aswegen have been elected as Executive Mayor and Deputy Mayor following a motion of no confidence in outgoing Mayor Eleanore Bouw-Spies at a Special Council Meeting on Wednesday 6 June 2018.

According to reports, Bouw-Spies walked out of the council meeting moments before a motion of no-confidence was tabled during a council meeting that saw the approval of the 2018/19 budget.

Bouw-Spies walked out of the meeting in what resembled a well-known television sports presenter who walked off the set a couple of weeks ago, followed by the rest of the DA, with the exception of Mark Willemse and former deputy Mayor, Peter Myers.

The vote of no-confidence was carried with an 11 to 1 vote against Bouw-Spies with only the speaker, Georlene Wolmarans, voting against the motion.

When it came to voting for a new mayor and deputy mayor, Wolmarans opted to abstain. Willemse was unanimously voted in as new executive mayor, with Van Aswegen from COPE as his deputy.

Meanwhile, George executive mayor, Melvin Naik, who was suspended from the DA for a period of 60 days, was given 24 hours to supply the DA with reasons why his party membership should be reinstated. The 24 hour period expired on Tuesday 5 June 2018 without Naik responding.

His suspension from the DA means that Naik will no longer be able to be a councillor or mayor of George, a position he held since August 2016.


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