The African National Congress (ANC) in Johannesburg has tabled a motion of no confidence in mayor Herman Mashaba and the speaker of the council, Cllr Vasco da Gama.
Subsequently, the programming committee of the council is currently debating whether to schedule the motion of no confidence submitted by the ANC in terms of Rule 94(1) of the standing rules and orders of council read alongside Section 58 of the Municipal Structures Act.
The motion which was submitted on November 8, states that “the municipality and its own municipal-owned entities, especially City Power, are operating on negative financial cash flow”. Also, the motion asserted that in the first month of its financial year, July 2017, the municipality borrowed R3 billion for its operational expenses, wondering why it would still require more money for the next quarter.
In response, Mashaba did not hold back when he gave a press statement earlier today, confirming the motion of no confidence. “The ANC has once again decided to table motions of no confidence against the speaker of council, Cllr Vasco da Gama, and myself.”
Mashaba said they have “welcomed the opportunity to defend our record in cleaning up the corrupt mess that we inherited from the ANC.”
The mayor argued that the motions had nothing to do with protecting good governance and ensuring service delivery to residents. Instead, he dismissed them as the actions of a party with interest in self-gratification and to continue the corruption that allowed them to rob residents blind.
Earlier in September, an urgent application by the ANC to compel the council to hear the motion was struck off the roll after the South Gauteng High Court said it lacked urgency. The ANC had gone to court at the time after the programming committee rejected the motion on the grounds that it did not meet the rules of council.
“Despite being granted an opportunity to amend the motions‚ so as to bring them in line with the standing rules of council‚ the ANC elected to take the matter to court on an urgent basis. The court found there was no basis for the ANC’s application.
“The court‚ correctly‚ struck the ANC’s application from the roll and awarded punitive costs in favour of the City.
“As I have stated before‚ the ANC’s motions have nothing to do with protecting good governance and ensuring service delivery to residents. Rather‚ these are the actions of a party only interested in self-gratification and continuing the corruption which allowed them to rob the residents of this City blind‚” Mashaba said.
Mayor Mashaba believes the party missed the mark by failing to amend the motion to bring them in line with the Standing Rules of Council when it elected to take the matter to court on an urgent basis.