DA march to call for mayor to quit

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - MASABATA. MKWANANZI masabata.mkwananzi@inl.co.za @Sa­bie _M

EMFULENI mayor Si­mon Mo­fo­keng might have bit­ten off more than he can chew when he al­legedly splurged over R1.7 mil­lion on KFC, Nando’s and ex­pen­sive ho­tels dur­ing his pre­vi­ous stint at Sed­ibeng Dis­trict Mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

To­day, the DA was ex­pected to march to the Emfuleni lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­ity of­fices to de­mand that he re­sign from his po­si­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the DA, the ANC-run mu­nic­i­pal­ity is in debt and is not able to col­lect much-needed rev­enue from ratepay­ers.

The of­fi­cial op­po­si­tion ac­cused Mo­fo­keng of not pay­ing at­ten­tion to the prob­lems fac­ing the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

In­stead, the mayor was pri­ori­tis­ing his lav­ish life­style, said the DA’s King­sol Cha­bal­ala, the party’s con­stituency head in Emfuleni.

“Mo­fo­keng is an em­bar­rass­ment to the ANC and the Gaut­eng pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment,” said Cha­bal­ala, adding that the mu­nic­i­pal­ity was dogged by prob­lems such as mis­man­age­ment of pub­lic funds and re­sources.

The DA said it was ex­pect­ing thou­sands of its sup­port­ers to join the march, due to start at the li­cens­ing de­part­ment. The march will be led by John Moodey, the DA leader in Gaut­eng and the party’s mem­bers of the pro­vin­cial leg­is­la­ture.

“Enough is enough. Mayor Mo­fo­keng and his cronies have taken enough from the poor­est res­i­dents in Emfuleni,” charged Cha­bal­ala.

Mu­nic­i­pal spokesper­son Lebo Mo­fo­keng was quoted as say­ing ex­pen­di­ture as­so­ci­ated with ex­ec­u­tive of­fices was not unique or lim­ited to Emfuleni, but nor­mally “re­lated to en­ter­tain­ment, stake­hold­ers’ en­gage­ments, busi­ness meet­ings, and in­vestor en­gage­ments in the ex­e­cu­tion of his of­fi­cial func­tions”.

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