- Herman Mashaba says that the ANC wants him gone so that they can loot taxpayers' money
- He made the comments in response to the ANC's proposal to table a motion of no confidence against him
- The mayor also dismissed the ANC's allegations that Johannesburg has gone bankrupt under his watch
Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba says that the ANC wants to remove him from office so that they can loot from state coffers.
This comes after the ANC's announcement that they would be tabling a motion of no confidence in Mashaba on 22 August.
The ANC says that the metro has gone bankrupt under Mashaba's leadership and that corruption has flourished.
Mashaba, however, claims that the ANC wants him gone because his administration has clamped down on corruption, Briefly.co.za has gathered. He has claimed that his administration is investigated roughly 5 000 corruption cases, some of which included ANC officials.
"This is just a smokescreen to get themselves to the public purse," Mashaba said, according to SABC News. "That is all they are interested in."
The mayor added that he has reported the ANC in the city to Parliament's justice portfolio.
Mashaba has also rubbished the ANC's claim that Johannesburg has gone bankrupt under his watch. He says that the metro's finances have been audited by the auditor-general and that the reports will vindicate him and his administration.
"Our figures for this year that just ended will be out to the public by the end of January," Mashaba said in a recent interview. "Let's really see who's lying to who."
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