Mogale City rejoices as ANC mayor takes over
RESIDENTS of Mogale City have expressed joy after the ANC gained back the municipality with the election of Patrick Lipudi, its third mayor in a space of 10 months.
Following a successful motion of no confidence by the ANC to remove former mayor and DA member Michael Holenstein three weeks ago, the municipality had no mayor.
Lipudi received 39 votes and Holenstein received 36 votes while two votes were spoilt.
The ANC’s former Mogale City local municipality speaker Lipudi was elected as executive mayor during a council session held on Wednesday.
“The election of Lipudi, a capable, tried and tested leader with a long and admirable history of service to the people, will go a long way in restoring Mogale City to normality and halting the deterioration of governance while accelerating the delivery of basic services to the people,” Mzi Khumalo, deputy chairperson of the ANC in the West Rand, said.
The DA, which won control of Mogale City with the help of a coalition which includes the Economic Freedom Fighters after last year’s local government election, has cried foul.
It attributed Lipudi’s election to “undemocratic occurrences” in Mogale City, but committed itself to work with its coalition partners to serve the residents of the area.
But Gauteng Cogta MEC Paul Mashatile has expressed hope that there will be stability in the council.
“This will go a long way in ensuring that service delivery takes place uninterrupted,” Mashatile’s spokesperson Mogomotsi Mogodiri said.
The ANC also congratulated Noluthando Mangole on her election at the same council as speaker of at Mogale City municipality.
“We are confident that comrade Mangole, who has immense local government experience spanning many years, including serving as speaker, will ensure an activist people-centred model of the council in the municipality,” Khumalo said.
He said the ANC West Rand always held the view that “this failure of our people by the DA-EFF coalition was a deplorable and unacceptable dereliction of duty on their part”.
“We remain conscious that together with local communities, much work needs to be done to place Mogale City back on the path of development and delivery of services.
“Therefore this outcome responds directly and positively to the long-cherished desire of the ANC to present a people-friendly budget and IDP to the community of Mogale City,” Khumalo said.
Mogale City resident Kgomotso Moseki Moswele said recently there was a crisis with water in the area but things were back to normal.
IN THE CHAIR: Newly elected Mogale City mayor Patrick Lipudi.