Motion of no confidence tabled against CoJ Mayor

The African National Congress (ANC) Greater Johannesburg Region has confirmed that it has tabled a motion of no confidence in Mayor Herman Mashaba.

“We will fight this motion, as we have all the other efforts of the ANC that have tried to undermine the change our residents want,” said Herman Mashaba, the Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg (CoJ).

He added that the motion will be discussed during the council meeting taking place on 26 and 27 September. “After only 13 months in office, this move should be dismissed as the antics of a desperate party trying to come to terms with its new role in opposition,” the mayor said.

According to a recent press release, the reasons for the motion of no confidence are mainly the alleged financial distress the CoJ is experiencing, but the mayor said, “The reality is that, despite the institutionalised corruption we inherited, we have a financial state that is stable. The ANC was dishonest in government and their relationship with the truth has continued its demise.”

Mashaba also said the promised changes have already started taking root in the city. “Although there are still enormous challenges in the city, recent customer satisfaction surveys have confirmed that residents are seeing the change that we promised,” he said.

Some of the achievements during the past 13 months are:

• An anti-corruption unit was established with a caseload of 1 400 cases, involving more than R1,4 billion. More than 300 arrests have been made and disciplinary action has been taken.

• Fifty-one informal settlements will be upgraded over the next three years, at a cost of R1,9 billion. The ANC planned to upgrade only two informal settlements during the previous financial year.

• Operating hours at numerous city clinics and libraries have been extended to ensure community services are extended beyond working hours.

• Traffic light downtime has been brought down by 20 per cent and more than 120 000 potholes have been fixed in recent months.

• The recruitment of an additional 1 500 Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) officers has been initiated – increasing the force by approximately 50 per cent. The K9 Narcotics Unit has effected hundreds of successful arrests and seized hundreds of kilograms of drugs.

Mashaba added that the R14,4 billion and 1 400 cases currently under investigation took place under the ANC’s leadership, and were kept hidden from the public eye.

“We will defend the change that is being achieved in our city. We will do this for the forgotten people, the politically unconnected people – the people of our city,” he said.

But, according to the ANC’s Regional spokesperson, Jolidee Matongo, the mayor has not followed the rules of council by releasing a media statement on the matter before the council meeting has taken place. “Council rules state documents remain embargoed until they are deliberated on at the council meeting. We have requested the Speaker of Council to refer the mayor to the Ethics Committee for disciplinary action,” Matongo said.

He concluded by saying, “We advise mayor Mashaba to reserve his arguments for the council meeting, and thank him for accepting the challenge to debate and vote on the motion.”

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