- Malaika Mahlatsi's private fling with lawyer Katlego Mamabolo has earned her a very public scandal
- The writer has been suspended from her post with Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina
- This comes after Mamabolo dropped a series of files on social media after their short but devastating relationship came to an end
In a new twist, Malaika Mahlatsi has been suspended from her position with Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina with full pay, pending an investigation.
Briefly.co.za reported that the well-known writer, TV presenter and apparently a government official, got tangled up in heaps of drama after a 2-week fling with lawyer Katlego Mamabolo soured to the point of legal action.
Mamabolo levied some serious allegations against the mayor, with the politician responding to the claims in a statement issued on Tuesday.
"The Office of the Executive Mayor has noted with great concern the circulation of an alleged audio recording of Ms. Mahlatsi on social media, in which she claims that the Executive Mayor decreased the salaries of staff members in Municipality without consultation. The claims are untrue and devoid of factuality. The Executive Mayor, upon deciding to donate 33% of his salary to the Solidarity Fund, consulted the Speaker of Council, Chief Whip, Members of the Mayoral Committee, the City Manager, the Group Chief Financial Officer and, all Heads of Department to encourage them to join himself and President Cyril Ramaphosa's decision to contribute to the fund. The above mentioned elected public representatives and officials, signed pledge forms authorising the City's Department of Human Resources to deduct a portion of their salaries and redirect the donations to the Solidarity Fund. The Executive Mayor has no authority to decrease the salaries of municipal staff."
The statement also addressed the burning question of whether or not Mahlatsi was doing the mayors dissertation for him.
"The Office of the Executive Mayor would also wish to clarify the following information regarding the claims that Ms. Mahlatsi is 'doing' a Ph.D on behalf of the Executive Mayor. The Executive Mayor is currently in the early stage of preparing his research proposal for a Doctoral Degree in Philosophy. At no point has any individual authored or contributed to the contents of the research proposal, including anyone who was reviewing or proofreading the material. The Executive Mayor has and continues to adhere to the student code of conduct of the institution."