Cape Town – ActionSA in Johannesburg is urging an extraordinary council sitting to elect a new speaker following the removal of Colleen Makhubele, the only councillor and city council speaker from the Congress of the People (Cope).
Makhubele was expelled by Cope for unilaterally declaring the party’s affiliation with the South African Rainbow Alliance.
ActionSA sees Makhubele’s removal as a step toward restoring order and calls for a swift election of a new speaker to address the city’s challenges.
The move adds to the recent leadership turmoil in the City of Johannesburg, where the court declared the appointment of city manager Floyd Brink unlawful.
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“ActionSA welcomes reports that Congress of the People (Cope) has finally sacked embattled City of Johannesburg Speaker, Colleen Makhubele.
“As we welcome the decision by Cope, we strongly believe that this brings us one step closer to restoring order to the City of Johannesburg for its residents.
“We, therefore, implore the city manager to call an extraordinary council where we can elect a new speaker. We need to close the Collen chapter as soon as possible. The city cannot afford to go one day more without the speaker,” ActionSA City of Johannesburg Caucus leader Nobuhle Mthembu said in a statement.
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Compiled by Betha Madhomu