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I am not running it, if I was I would render services to the people. There is just so much to be done but I would focus on the most easy part, service delivery that voters can see and feel. Most of the CBD is much cleaner that the mess that is JHB, the neighboring suburbs as well, traffic lights are working, the streets are marked.So what is the solution for Thswane?
I am not running it, if I was I would render services to the people. There is just so much to be done but I would focus on the most easy part, service delivery that voters can see and feel. Most of the CBD is much cleaner that the mess that is JHB, the neighboring suburbs as well, traffic lights are working, the streets are marked.
Go do the same thing in the townships, that is where people who are going to win you the Metro are going to come from, people can see and appreciate when potholes are being fixed, traffic is a mess in the morning because of non working traffic lights, I would fix that, people would see it and appreciate.
Those are the most immediate tasks the DA could have easily done since 2016, there would still be challenges like the water thing and other major projects but the standard set by the ANC was very low for them to fail to improve on.
Had they done that they would have something for them to campaign on outside of their stronghold. I am still very interested to hear what they will say to the voters come election campaign time.
The intrigue in the ANC and EFF's attempts to remove the DA's Stevens Mokgalapa as mayor of Tshwane deepened on Wednesday afternoon.
This after the two parties wrote to speaker Katlego Mathebe demanding that their motions of no confidence against Mokgalapa and his entire mayoral committee be discussed on Wednesday. The letter, sent last Friday, was accompanied by a petition signed by 89 councillors from both parties.
Wednesday morning, Mathebe announced that she "has thoroughly examined the documents supporting the petition submitted to her" to ascertain whether the petition fully complies with the requirements of Section 29(1) Local Government: Municipal Structures Act No. 117 of 1998.
"She found seven (7) signatures in the ANC caucus document that do not match the signatures in the files of the Council Meetings Attendance Registers. The same document also looks like a copy and paste of the signatures that were submitted to support the request of the meeting of the 05 December 2019," reads the statement.
"Both these issues render the ANC document improper legally. The EFF document has only 25 signatures which do not satisfy the requirements of Section 29(1) Local Government: Municipal Structures Act 117 of 1998. Therefore she resolved that she cannot legally convene the Special Council Meeting as per the request of the ANC and the EFF."
Mathebe furthermore resolved to investigate whether some councillors contravened their code of conduct.
'ANC will stop at nothing'
The Tshwane opposition's bid to convene a special council sitting on Wednesday evening, where the ANC and EFF were expected to table motions of no confidence against the speaker, mayor, deputy mayor and chair of chairs, has fallen through.
Having initially been refused a 18:00 meeting by Speaker Katlego Mathebe due to time factors, ANC regional chairperson Kgosi Maepa tweeted that the sitting would be convened by the acting city manager at 19:00 on Wednesday.
However, Maepa then read out a letter to the ANC caucus in council saying that Mathebe could not call the meeting as "reasonable time was not given".
The DA has laid charges of fraud against the leadership of the ANC in Tshwane, accusing them of forging the signatures of at least seven of its own councillors in a bid to hold a special council sitting to hear a motion of no confidence against Stevens Mokgalapa.
The ANC and EFF submitted a letter to council speaker Katlego Mathebe on January 3, requesting that a special council meeting be held to hear a motion of no confidence against the mayor, speaker and chair of chairs.
The ANC in Tshwane has rubbished criminal charges laid against them by the DA, in relation to allegations of forging the signatures of at least seven of its own councillors in a bid to hold a special council sitting.
On Monday morning, the DA deputy chief whip in Tshwane, Mpho Mehlape-Zimu, laid charges of fraud against the ANC chief whip Aaron Maluleka, as well as ANC chairperson in Tshwane Dr Kgosi Maepa.
The Tshwane ANC chairperson claimed to reporters the ANC, EFF and PAC had the majority number of councillors.
A special council meeting called for Thursday is underway, where a number of motions of no confidence against DA members are on the agenda.
The ANC and EFF intend to table motions of no confidence against mayor Stevens Mokgalapa, speaker Katlego Mathebe, chief whip Christo van den Heever, acting speaker Zweli Khumalo, and chair of chairs Gert Pretorius.
Both the EFF and ANC are hoping to also lodge a dissolution of all Section 79 oversight committees. The ANC held a briefing before the Tshwane special council sitting started to outline their plan should motions pass.
Tshwane ANC chairperson Kgosi Maepa said the ANC would embark on a new growth path while working with others to fix the “mess of the DA”.
He said the ANC had the majority.
“There are 214 councillors in council. For a majority, the ANC would need 107 plus one to have the majority.”
The head of the council’s secretariat was escorted out of council chambers by security as a result of the incident.
When Tshwane council adjourned for lunch on Thursday, chaos erupted shortly afterwards.
A physical altercation erupted between the group head of the secretariat of council, Tiyiselani Babane, and ANC councillors, with the EFF joining in shortly afterwards.
Babane, who is a member of the Congress of the People (Cope), was escorted out of council chambers by security as a result of the incident.
ANC Tshwane chairperson Dr Kgosi Maepa has since taken to Twitter to give his side of what transpired.
“The DA speaker’s office and its HOD have just deployed ’80 bouncers’ into our Council meeting, to cause mayhem and disrupt council,” he alleged.
The DA lives to fight another day in Tshwane after the EFF and ANC walked out of a council meeting they petitioned in a bid to topple the DA-led local government.
The meeting was due to discuss motions of no confidence in the political leadership of the council, including speaker Katlego Mathebe and mayor Stevens Makgalapa.
The walkout came after a standoff lasting nearly six hours between Mathebe and the two political parties. The ANC and EFF constitute a majority in the council. Their partnership could have toppled the DA had the vote taken place.
The meeting descended into chaos earlier in the day after Mathebe threatened to call in security personnel. The ANC and EFF retorted: “Bring them, they must come!”
Gauteng co-operative governance and traditional affairs MEC Lebogang Maile previously issued a warning to Mathebe to run a smooth council meeting or be forced out.
Embattled Tshwane mayor Stevens Mokgalapa on Sunday announced his imminent resignation after he was given two options by the DA: resign or be fired.
In a statement, Mokgalapa said he will resign before the next council meeting at the end of February but insisted he did nothing wrong.
“This has been a tough decision. However, the most important consideration is to put the people of Tshwane first,” he said.
Mokgalapa said he cared for the people and did not want to put politics first.
“I am cognisant of the fact that my presence in office is a football that others with political malice cannot resist kicking around. Those that put politics first, risk dragging down the administration and unfortunately, they do not care about the people. I do,” he said.
The Sunday Times reported on Sunday that Mokgalapa was due to be dragged before the party’s federal legal commission after the federal executive last week found that there were grounds to charge him for bringing the party into disrepute.
Last month the party accused the speaker of breaking laws governing local government, but the DA held firm.
The ANC has again withdrawn court action against the DA, this time against the speaker of Tshwane council Katlego Mathebe and the chief whip of council, Councillor Christo Van Den Heever.
In a statement on Friday, the DA said they were not surprised, since the matter was always “going to be thrown out” of court.
The withdrawal came hours after the ANC served an urgent legal application against the DA and was the second such withdrawal in recent weeks.