It is a decision, not an appeal, says the ANC in Gauteng over its announcement that two of its mayors in the province should vacate their posts.
This comes after Cilliers Brink, DA spokesperson on co-operative governance and traditional affairs, in a statement on Monday dismissed the ANC’s announcement as a “vocation”.
“Applying for the removal of your comrades is one thing, but actually removing them is something completely different,” says Brink.
Bones Modise, spokesperson for the ANC in Gauteng, says Maphefo Mogale-Letsie, executive mayor of the Merafong municipality, and Boyce Maneli, executive mayor of the West Rand district municipality, have no choice but to vacate their posts.
“The mayors have been deployed by the ANC. They will have to resign because it is part of the government process, but it was not an appeal. It was a decision. “
According to Modise, Maneli will also have to resign from his post as Member of Parliament.
The ANC’s Provincial Integrity Committee (PIC) in Gauteng recently found that Maneli and Mogale-Letsie had failed to take action against officials who had invested millions of rands on behalf of their respective municipalities at the controversial and now bankrupt VBS Mutual Bank.
More than R2 billion has been looted from this bank. In addition, the Municipal Finance Management Act does not allow municipal money to be invested in mutual banks such as VBS.
On behalf of the DA, Brink called on the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to speed up the prosecution of municipal officials linked to VBS.
The ANC also announced that the PIK had acquitted Geoff Makhubo, mayor of Johannesburg, in a separate report on allegations of misconduct and a conflict of interest.
The allegations are about Makhubo whose company Molelwane Consulting received 10% of a controversial contract with Regiments to manage a fund of the Johannesburg metro.
Makhubo was mayoral committee member for finance of the metro when the contract was still in force.