The Tshwane City Council will elect a new Executive Mayor at its first sitting in almost 8 months, on Friday, 30 October 2020.
Council Speaker Katlego Mathebe made the announcement at a media briefing on Wednesday following Tuesday’s Supreme Court of Appeal judgment which dismissed the Section 18(4) appeal brought by the Gauteng Provincial Government.
The Provincial government lead by Premier David Makhura had sought to suspend the enforcement of a June High Court judgment pending a ruling by the Constitutional Court. In June the Democratic Alliance (DA) approached the court seeking an enforcement order for an April ruling which nullified the decision by the Provincial executive to dissolve the council.
The provincial executive council in March invoked section 139(1)(c) dissolving the council and placing the city under administration after several attempts to hold council meetings descended into chaos.
Tshwane has been without a mayor since the resignation of the DA’s Stevens Mokgalapa in February. Mokgalapa stepped down after an audio clip of him and former member of the mayoral committee for roads and transport Sheila Senkubuge emerged. In the clip, the pair could be heard speaking ill of their colleagues and later engaging in what was alleged to be a sexual act.
All attempts to elect a successor since then have led to naught with the ANC and EFF staging walk outs at every sitting.
DA REFUSED TO HAVE EFF GOVERN TSHWANE
The SCA has ordered that councilors of all political parties must attend council meetings unless a legal reason is produced for non-attendance. The ANC had maintained that it was well within its rights to walk out of any council meeting as it was a form of protest. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) which had been voting with the DA in Tshwane, Johannesburg, and the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro dissolved its relationship after the DA refused to have the EFF govern Tshwane.
Mathebe said their main priority was to restore stability in the City.
“The people of Tshwane have been without a democratically elected government since March this year and yesterday’s Supreme Court of Appeal judgment was vital for the restoration of democratic governance in the City”, she said.
Council speaker Katlego Mathebe
The IEC will assist with the election of a new Mayor. Due to the COVID19 disaster regulations, the council sitting will be a hybrid meeting, with a limited number of Councillors in the chamber, others connecting from the ground floor of Tshwane House and online.
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