Herman Mashaba, the Mayor of DA-led Johannesburg Metro, has stated that he does not fear the success of a motion of no-confidence which has been tabled against him.
Following Mashaba’s handling of the abandoned buildings issue, the ANC filed the motion against the DA mayor which will be discussed later this month during a council meeting.
Pundits say that a continued absence of the EFF from council meetings where the DA leads could prove problematic in the case of a no-confidence motion against the DA mayor.
Yet, Mashaba says he is not worried.
“Absolutely not, that’s why for me it’s an opportunity for the residents of the City of Joburg and all the political parties that are against corruption because they know for sure corruption is something that was institutionalised in the City of Johannesburg.”
The ANC says it's referring Mayor Herman Mashaba to the ethics committee for disciplinary action over a statement he sent out about the upcoming motion of no confidence in him.
The mayor has reacted in a statement, saying after only 13 months in office the move should be dismissed as the antics of a desperate party trying to come to terms with its new role in opposition.
But the ANC argues that the statement goes against the rules of the council, which states that documents must remain embargoed until they are deliberated on.
The ANC’s Jolidee Matongo said: “It’s quite unfortunate that the news of a motion of no confidence is already in the media through Mashaba. This is against the very rules of council. Mayor Mashaba has failed to lead the city in a manner that ensures that the expectations of the residents are met.”