- Tshwane Mayor Stevens Mokgalapa has been removed from his position
- A motion of no confidence against the politician was successful during a special council sitting
- In response, the Democratic Alliance has announced that they will be taking the matter to court
Tshwane Mayor Stevens Mokgalapa is the second mayor this week to be stripped of his title by his own council.
A special council sitting at Tshwane House Council Chamber saw an ANC-led motion of no confidence being successfully passed.
A previous motion had failed after 90 councillors had failed to form a quorum, with EFF and ANC councillors staging a walkout, reports IOL.
Briefly.co.za reported that Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Mongameli Bobani had been ousted by a motion of no confidence, this time led by the Democratic Alliance.
In response to this development the DA says they will be taking Mokgalapa's removal to court, with Gauteng leader John Moodey commenting:
"We believe everything that transpired has been unlawful in terms of the removal of the speaker and the executive mayor of the city of Tshwane. We will be approaching the courts as soon as possible. We hope the courts will rule in our favour."
Following Herman Mashaba's resignation in October, the leading opposition party seems likely to lose their grip on two of the most coveted metros in the country.
With the ANC emerging victorious from the recent election to replace Mashaba, the ruling party appears set to regain their hold on the region.
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