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Joburg and eThekwini mayors facing no-confidence motions

By Lungani Zungu

DA Joburg Mayor Mpho Phalatse will face a fresh motion of no-confidence on Thursday, while her Durban counterpart, the ANC’s Mxolisi Kaunda, will face the same fate on Tuesday.

The last motion against Phalatse was tabled in November, but the opposition in the Joburg council – including the ANC – held fire, owing to the breakdown of negotiations in their own camps.

At the time, former ANC Joburg mayor Dada Morero quipped that they wanted Phalatse to have a “good” festive season. What he did not say was that their negotiations stalled as smaller parties crumbled, with issues largely between the ANC and the EFF.

This came after the ANC turned against the EFF in Ekurhuleni during the voting for a new mayor after the DA’s Tania Campbell was removed through a motion of no-confidence in October.

Campbell grabbed her mayoral chains back in November after the ANC fielded its candidate Jongizizwe Dlabathi instead of supporting the EFF’s Nkululeko Dunga, as the parties had earlier agreed.

However, it now seems that these parties have ironed out issues after the intervention of senior leaders from both sides.

This reunion could likely seal Phalatse’s fate on Thursday when the motion is heard.

Phalatse appears to be unshaken and told Scrolla.Africa that she will be holding a press briefing on Thursday morning.

She will be briefing the over six million Joburg residents about the plans that have been put in place to fight loadshedding.

“The repair and rebuild of Joburg is too important to be derailed by political opportunists who were rejected at the ballot box,” said Phalatse.

It remains to be seen whether Phalatse clings on to the mayoral chains of the country’s economic hub, with a budget of R77 billion, or will be voted out.

Phalatse was removed through a motion of no-confidence in September last year, but she fought her removal in court.

The Johannesburg High Court ruled that her removal was invalid and ordered that she be reinstated.

In October, Phalatse got the mayoral chains back.

Meanwhile, a motion of no-confidence against the ANC mayor in eThekwini, Mxolisi Kaunda, has been submitted by councillors Imtiaz Syed and Mohammed Ismail of Active Citizens Coalition.

Kaunda has been on the receiving end of floods of criticism for the messy state of the Durban beaches.

He has been at the helm of the city’s R55 billion budget from 2019 when he took over from former mayor Zandile Gumede.

He now serves as the mercy of smaller opposition parties who supported the ANC when the party failed to get an outright majority in eThekwini during the 2021 local polls, for the first time since 1994.

Pictured above: Joburg Mpho Phalatse

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