Cape Town – ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba has explained the withdrawal of his party’s motion of no confidence against Johannesburg Mayor Kabelo Gwamanda, attributing it to alleged sabotage by the Democratic Alliance (DA).
The motion was initially planned for a council meeting this week.
According to The Citizen, Mashaba claimed that his party decided to retract the motion due to inadequate backing, which he attributed to the DA’s interference.
“The reason why we’ve decided to withdraw it is because the DA has come out with a very ridiculous, unsensational, irrational decision to sabotage our motion.
“We put our motion six weeks before the multi-party charter was signed and precisely because the mayor is facing serious allegations of criminality. That motion was served last month and the Speaker refused it,” the report quoted Mashaba as saying.
Dissolution of the City
The motion was lodged six weeks before a multi-party charter was signed, as Gwamanda faced allegations of criminality.
ActionSA informed the DA about the motion before a pact agreement, seeking their support, but discussions with various parties failed to secure the necessary backing from the DA for the motion to proceed.
Meanwhile, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has rejected calls for the dissolution of the City of Johannesburg Council.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) had announced its intention to file a motion to dissolve the council, citing instability due to frequent changes in government and mayors.
CIC @Julius_S_Malema addressing the EFF Presser on the outcomes of the CCT at Premier Hotel, O.R Tambo, Kempton Park.
-There is no DA which is going to dissolve Johannesburg here!#EFFPresser pic.twitter.com/Wn0cxC4Spg
— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) August 27, 2023
The DA claimed that holding by-elections would offer the chance for a more stable council to be elected.
But Malema responded by asserting that the Joburg council will not be dissolved and emphasised the stability of the city under its current leadership.
“There’s no DA that will dissolve Johannesburg here. If [John] Steenhuisen’s life is dissolved, he must not think that is going to happen in Johannesburg,” Malema told the CCT.
“It’s not going to happen that one. Johannesburg is stable, Johannesburg has got a mayor and the MMCs are up to task and are trying their level best with limited resources and difficulties we are confronted with in Johannesburg,” said Malema during a press conference on Sunday.
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Compiled by Betha Madhomu