ANC says Joburg is broke and that mayor Herman Mashaba must go

ANC says Joburg is broke and that mayor Herman Mashaba must go

- The ANC in Johannesburg is planning a vote of no confidence in Mayor Herman Mashaba

- The party says that the City has gone broke under Mashaba

- Mashaba, however, says the ANC has become "increasingly desperate" as his administration is investigating thousands of corruption cases, some of which involve ANC members

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The ANC in Johannesburg has said that Mayor Herman Mashaba must go.

The party has accused Mashaba of "mismanagement" and "maladministration". 

In particular, the ANC claims that the city has gone bankrupt under Mashaba's leadership.

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At a press conference on Friday, the ANC in the city alleged that the council has only R2 billion left in its coffers, but that none of this actually belongs to the City.

ANC Johannesburg regional secretary Dada Morero says that R950 million is owed to residents, while R200 million comes out of unpaid grants, has gathered. 

Additionally, the ANC claims that extensive corruption has taken place under the DA-led municipal government, particularly irregularities around supply-chain processes. 

The party added that, in their view, the only option to turn around this bleak financial situation was to remove Mashaba via a vote of no confidence, according to Sowetan Live.

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In response to the ANC's claims, Mashaba said that the party was really trying to remove him because his administration had put an end to corruption to 'tenderpreneurship' in the city.

"The question that every resident should ask is, why and why now?" Mashaba said, in reference to the ANC's proposed vote of no confidence.

Mashaba added that the City's anti-corruption unit was currently investigating 5 000 cases of corruption, many of which involved ANC members, including five members of the ANC's former mayoral committee.

The mayor says that this crackdown has made the ANC in Johannesburg "increasingly desperate".

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