Gauteng Roads and Transport portfolio committee chairperson, Jacob Khawe, has been sworn as the new mayor of Emfuleni municipality.
Khawe’s swearing-in ceremony took place on Thursday in the region and comes after former mayor Simon Mofokeng tendered his resignation letter.
The new mayor’s appointment was warmly welcomed by Emfuleni community as Khawe was instrumental in the call that provincial officials who issue taxi permits and licenses be subjected to lifestyle audits.
I have to say I welcome the appointment of cde Jacob Khawe as the new Mayor of ELM. I, however, am not happy with the manner in which @GautengANC communicates decisions with branches. I will not go to my branch and tell them I heard on social media about our new Mayor. NEVER!!!
— Mabrukwe (@MsikaThindi) November 28, 2017
Nevertheless, many believe the new mayor has scores of issues to tackle, especially dealing with the taxi-related violence in the province.
Khawe’s predecessor Simon Mofokeng resigned last week as a councilor and mayor following allegations of sexually grooming a 14-year-old girl. He reportedly handed in his resignation to the ANC Gauteng Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) during a special meeting held on Monday 20th November 2017.
The disgraced mayor’s decision to step down from his positions comes after the ANC placed him on special leave three weeks ago over the allegations.
Mofokeng’s repulsive activities came to light after he mistakenly posted the girl’s picture in ANC-dominated WhatsApp group known as the Festival of Ideas. DA MPL Kingsol Chabalala, who blew the whistle, divulged that apart from having an intimate relationship with the minor, the former mayor has also been grooming the teenage girl for a sexual purpose.
Prior to this incident, Mofokeng faced controversy after making headline sometime in 2014, when he was filmed drunk and unable to walk in the Vaal, south of Johannesburg.
In May this year‚ it was reported that he has spent more than R1.7m at KFC‚ Nandos and on hotels since 2011. Gauteng co-operative governance MEC Paul Mashatile made the disclosure in reply to a Democratic Alliance question in the legislature.
“Mayor Mofokeng racked up a shocking R1.1m between 2011 and 2015 as ANC mayor of Sedibeng district municipality‚ before he was deployed as mayor to Emfuleni – where he gobbled up a further R629‚000 between November 2015 and April 2017,” DA MPL Kingsol Chabalala revealed.
Earlier this month, Mofokeng’s 15-year-old grandson committed suicide following the sexual abuse allegations against his grandfather. The undisclosed teenager reportedly took his life after his peers mocked him about his grandfather abusing a teen girl.