The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng is not surprised to learn that 61 days after being asked to step down, the Merafong Mayor, Maphefo Mogale-Letsie is still clinging to power.
In August this year, the ANC asked the Merafong Mayor and the Mayor of West Rand to step down for their involvement in the illegal investment of R50 million with VBS. This money that was illegally invested with VBS under her watch will probably never be recovered.
Last month a council meeting descended into chaos, when disgruntled members of the public occupied the council chamber, and the virtual component of the meeting was so poorly managed that the Speaker abandoned the meeting. Subsequent meetings enjoyed the same poor standards with the Mayor proudly in attendance.
On the 18th of February this year, the DA in Merafong tabled a Motion of no Confidence in the Mayor. At the time the motion was defeated due to a technicality. The Motion was subsequently tabled again and it is confirmed to be on the agenda to be tabled at the next ordinary sitting of Council. The DA will continue to put pressure on the ANC to either remove the Mayor from their Public Representative (PR) list and inform the IEC accordingly, or support our Motion of no Confidence.
We stand with all the residents of Merafong who are currently experiencing a total collapse of service delivery and have therefore also laid criminal charges against the Mayor.
The actions of the ANC in Merafong makes a mockery of the calls of both the President and Premier Makhura that corruption must be rooted out at all costs. The upcoming motion is an opportunity for Council to fulfil their mandate and do their duties for the people of Merafong. We call on all Parties not to squander the opportunity.