The mayor of Tshwane Stevens Mokgalapa serving under the opposition party Democratic Alliance will today be facing a motion of no confidence from the ANC. The ruling party occupies the opposition benches in the City and among the issues it raised, is that the mayor has undermined council resolutions for a month.
In a statement released on Wednesday by the party, it claimed Mokgalapa failed to execute a council resolution instructing the City to cut ties with City Manager Moeketsi Mosola. Several other issues they accused the mayor of includes “the failure to finalise the appointment of James Murphy as acting city manager”, power outages, corruption and dirty and toxic water supply crisis in Hammanskraal.
The vote of no confidence comes at a time when Mokgalapa and the DA leadership are at loggerheads over whether he had party approval to travel to China on a Huawei-sponsored visit in July this year. The mayor and his officials from his office had gone on a paid-for junket to China to view smart cities, courtesy of Huawei. The delegates that left for china included the Tshwane divisional head for private office and ceremonial services, Norman Mohale, MMC for Corporate and Shared Services Richard Moheta, MMC for Health Derrick Kissoonduth, and the group head for shared services, Musa Khumalo.
Earlier this month, the DA’s national leadership had deployed members to monitor the City of Tshwane’s performance following a series of gaffes, including the long-running stand-off with Mosola, this effectively placed the City under party administration.
On Tuesday, a second independent forensic investigation into the GladAfrica tender scandal was under way. This is the second independent investigation into the project management contract, which saw most of the City’s infrastructure spending outsourced to GladAfrica, a private project management firm. The tender was cancelled by mutual agreement between the City and GladAfrica earlier this year.
On Sunday, Mokgalapa denied claims that he was involved in issuing a so-called smart city tender to Huawei. He also denied claims that the deal was worth R1bn.