- The City of Tshwane has been placed under administration by the Gauteng government
- With no mayor, mayoral committee or city manager, the council has been dissolved
- Elections to replace leadership are expected to take place in three months' time
The Gauteng government has stepped in and placed the City of Tshwane under administration.
eNCA reports that the metro has no mayor, mayoral committee or city manager and the council has been dissolved.
With elections expected to take place in three months' time, the Gauteng government has said that an administration committee will be appointed to govern in the interim.
Commenting on the move, Gauteng Premier David Makhura signalled his confidence in the decision, unafraid of threats of legal action:
"We won't be blackmailed into inaction."
While the ANC has suggested the creation of a unity government to prevent the city from collapsing, DA MEC Lebogang Maile felt that both the ruling party and EFF should face legal action for refusing to discuss a way forward at a recent council meeting.
Maile insists that before long the community will feel the impact of the failed council sitting:
"This has nothing to do with whether the motion of confident succeeds. In the past two years, we have been interacting with the municipality on a range of issues. There's been an increase in irregular expenditure and service delivery has deteriorated. There are many issues we've been raising for a long time. It has nothing today with whether the DA is running the municipality or not."
Briefly.co.za reported that mayor Stevens Mokgalapa had opted to throw in the towel amid a scandal that saw him romantically involved with a fellow politician.
Speaking during his last press briefing, Mokgalapa insisted that he hadn't been pressured to resign:
"As a true patriot and a true citizen of Tshwane, I took that decision that perhaps let me step aside and allow service delivery to continue."
Citizens were shocked by the decision to dissolve the council and place the region under administration. Take a look at just a few of their reactions below:
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