By Katlego Legodi
City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba has survived another attempt by the African National Congress to remove him from office.
The ANC tabled a motion of no confidence against the Mayor in the Joburg Mayoral Council, arguing that Mashaba has cripples the city’s finances and has failed to ensure adequate service delivery since taking office in 2016. The motion would have been the third attempt against the Joburg Mayor.
The ANC had gone into a sitting on Thursday afternoon confident that the party lobbied enough support from small political parties, securing assurance from more than 140 councilors. The party has 122 votes in the Joburg council and needed 136 votes to oust Mashaba.
ANC councilor Jolidee Matongo says the party’s caucus will regroup.
“We have decided to tactically withdraw the motions of no confidence into the mayor, chief whip and chair of chair, negotiations have been ongoing with other political parties and that process continues until the next sitting in September where the motion will be tabled again” Matongo said.
Mayor Herman has described the move to table the motions by the ANC as frivolous, accusing the party of playing politics at the expense of the city’s residents.
“This moves by the ANC to undermine the work done in the city makes me angry, I am glad the motion did not succeed as this shows that the party failed to buy votes like they did in the CR17 saga. The work to turn the lives of citizens around continues” Mashaba said.
The EFF has 30 votes in the Joburg council and remains the King Maker. The party’s national structure had made it clear that the EFF will no longer support the DA where the party has partnerships. EFF councilor Silumko Mabona says the party is not interested in politics but in the delivery of services for Joburg residents.
“All we want is to ensure that there is delivery of services and whatever motion is brought forward we will debate it taking the needs of our people into consideration” Mabona said.
The ANC remains confident that although this is a minor setback, the party is going back to the drawing board and come September Mayor Mashaba will be history.