- The DA’s Solly Msimanga remains as the City of Tshwane’s mayor after a no-confidence motion tabled by the EFF was disallowed
- Council speaker Katlego Mathebe ruled that the EFF’s motion did not comply with council rules
- The ruling outraged the EFF’s Tshwane chairperson Benjamin Disoloane and he threatened legal action against the speaker before leading the EFF’s councillors out of the meeting
The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) Solly Msimanga remains as the mayor of the City of Tshwane, at least for now. Msimanga was due to face a motion of no confidencewhich was tabled by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) but the motion was disallowed by Tshwane Council Speaker Katlego Mathebe after objections from DA councillors.
Mathebe ruled that the EFF’s motion did not comply with council rules. She said the motion amounted to being a one-line write-up which in her opinion did not count as a properly written proposal.
The ruling outraged the EFF’s Tshwane chairperson Benjamin Disoloane. He accused the speaker of being out of order and said the EFF would take her to court. Disoloane then led his fellow EFF councillors out of the chamber.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Msimanga was due to face two separate motions of no confidence votes against him, one tabled by the EFF and another more serious threat to his rule tabled by the African National Congress (ANC).
The ANC has according to a report by Thesouthafrican.com retracted its own motion against Msimanga. The ANC needed the support of the EFF councillors for the motion to have any hope of passing.
The ANC decided to withdraw the motion because the numbers simply did not add up. The ANC would have needed a substantial number of DA councillors to turn their backs on Msimanga for the motion to pass, something which in light of recent events in Nelson Mandela Bay might not have been completely impossible, but highly unlikely nonetheless.
The Tshwane council consists of 214 seats, the DA currently holds 93, the ANC has 89, the EFF 25 and other parties have a combined total of 7 seats.
SowetanLive.co.za reported that Msimanga has come under fire from the ANC and EFF for his alleged role in irregularly appointing associates to top positions within the metro.
Msimanga also faces questions about an alleged R12 billion tender fraud scandal. The scandal led Msimanga to fire the city manager.
The DA has had a rough week after the party seemingly lost the support of former partners in Nelson Mandela Bay. Athol Trollip was ousted as mayor in the metro after a controversial vote in which the DA played no part.
Worryingly for the DA it looks like the balance of power in Nelson Mandela Bay has shifted and even if the party manages to have the result annulled by a court, it faces a tough time trying to run a fractured coalition government.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane blasted the ANC and EFF and accused both parties of forming a coalition of corruption. Maimane said both parties were trying to sow the seeds of racial divide in the country and wanted to return politics to a white vs black debate.
The DA's top leaders met in the wake of Trollip's ousting to prepare a plan aimed at protecting Msimanga and City of Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba.
The ANC in Gauteng recently called for new elections to be held in Johannesburg and Pretoria so it could receive a clear mandate from the people to rule. The ANC said the time had come to end the failed experiment of coalition governments in the province.
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