ANC threatens court action
THE ANC has threatened to take Johannesburg city Council speaker Vasco Da Gama to court if he fails to schedule a noconfidence motion against himself and mayor Herman Mashaba at the next council meeting.
According to a letter, seen by The New Age, from the Johannesburg ANC’s legal representatives, Da Gama was given an ultimatum, which lapsed yesterday, to schedule the motions on the agenda of the council meeting on September 27. The ANC accused the city of obstructionist tactics by rejecting an earlier request for a secret ballot in the motion.
“Should we not receive a written undertaking from yourself by close of business tomorrow, our instruction is to approach the High Court on an urgent basis to compel, among other, to place these two motions on council agenda for debate,” the letter said.
The letter further said the city’s decision to reject the motions against Da Gama and Mashaba were without merit.
“You had no legal basis to refuse to place the motions of such critical importance and huge public interest on the agenda for the council meeting commencing on the September 27.”
This comes as the city of Johannesburg’s programme committee recently said a secret ballot was in conflict with the standing rules of council.
ANC regional spokesperson Jolidee Matongo said the ANC sought legal advice on the motion but the party had yet to hear from Da Gama.
“We’ll wait until the morning to see what they have said,” Matongo said.
Mashaba’s spokesperson Luyanda Mfeka also confirmed that the city received the letter but said its legal representatives were still applying their minds to it.
“The city has received the letter and will respond to its contents through our legal representatives,” Mfeka said.
Mfeka said the ANC had no legal leg to stand on on the matter.
“It is our belief that several of the allegations contained within the letter are without truth and fail to take into cognisance several factors such as the standing rules of council.”