- Tshwane mayor Stevens Mokgalapa has officially resigned after being issued an ultimatum
- The DA gave the embattled politician two choices: Either resign or be fired
- This comes ahead of Mokgalapa's disciplinary hearing
Tshwane mayor Stevens Mokgalapa has opted to throw in the towel instead of facing a hearing.
Mokgalapa announced that he will be resigning ahead of the next council meeting, but is adamant its not because he did anything wrong.
“This has been a tough decision. However, the most important consideration is to put the people of Tshwane first. I am cognisant of the fact that my presence in office is a football that others with political malice cannot resist kicking around. Those that put politics first, risk dragging down the administration and unfortunately, they do not care about the people. I do."
Sunday Times recently reported that Mokgalapa was set to face the DA's federal legal commission after the federal executive determined there were grounds to charge the mayor over bringing the opposition party into disrepute.
Those within the party who felt sympathetic towards him advised him to salvage his career in politics by resigning.
Briefly.co.za gathered a voice recording exposing Mokgalapa and Transport MEC Sheila Senkubuge discussing plans to fire other city officials.
Despite the smoking gun, the mayor insists he has not done a single thing wrong:
“I wish to make clear that I have not broken any laws and am confident that I would emerge positively from any assessment of my conduct. But in the end, I have concluded that it is best for the city if I stand down as mayor."
DA regional leader John Moodey noted the resignation, commenting that:
“The DA will now initiate processes to nominate a new mayor for the people of Tshwane. In doing so, we will assess the candidates who make themselves available and will consult widely, including with our coalition partners."
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