Bid to unseat mayor ‘storm in a teacup’
DESPITE growing claims of corruption and maladministration in the Madibeng Local Municipality under ANC mayor Jostina Mothibe, her party has described a motion of no confidence against her as a “storm in a teacup”.
Douglas Maimane, ANC Madibeng co-ordinator and member of the mayoral committee for economic development, tourism and agriculture, vowed that the motion would not “see the light of the day”.
The motion of no confidence against Mothibe was tabled by the DA two weeks ago, and is expected to be debated during a full council meeting on May 28.
The municipality also came under fire last month from labour union Samwu, which
accused the municipality of leasing 150 vehicles at a cost of R17 million a month.
According to Samwu, the contract was for a period of three years and was expected to cost ratepayers R620 million.
In their earlier statement, Samwu provincial secretary Vincent Diphoko said: “Suspiciously, under the agreement, the municipality will be responsible for servicing and maintenance of the fleet, thus bringing the total cost to be incurred by the municipality to over R1billion.”
Diphoko said that at a cost of R17m, the municipality was able to procure 50 vehicles a month for a fleet of 1 800 vehicles within three years.
Samwu’s shop stewards, who led workers on a protest march to the municipal building on April 13, have since been placed on suspension by
Yesterday, the DA and EFF in Madibeng confirmed they had related all these alleged acts of corruption to the interministerial committee led by Minister in the Presidency Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, which was on a fact-finding mission in the municipality yesterday.
Mothibe and her councillors were still locked in a meeting with Dlamini Zuma’s delegation last night.
EFF spokesperson Stan Komape said his party would support the DA’s motion, and would also submit an additional motion of no confidence against speaker Tebogo Ntshabele.
DA councillor Theo Modiha, who tabled the motion, said his party wanted the removal of Mothibe, claiming that the “cash-strapped” municipality had also failed to maintain the
sewerage system for more than a year.
“The municipality’s failure to pay Rand Water resulted in the company threatening to restrict the water supply to residents of Madibeng. An emergency payment prevented this at the eleventh hour,” Modiha said.
He added that the water infrastructure plant was in the process of an upgrade by Magalies Water, but said the work was likely to exceed its July 2018 deadline, which, he said, would affect the delivery of water to residents.
“We are still witnessing water provision through tankers, which is a costly exercise, instead of providing permanent solutions to the water crisis,” Modiha said.
In 2011, a report commissioned by former co-operative governance and traditional affairs minister
Richard Baloyi found that councillors had colluded with senior officials in the municipality by tampering with the supply of water to residents in the municipality.
According to Modiha, the same situation still continues eight years later.
He also said it was unsafe to travel, especially in villages, due to potholes and the lack of maintenance on the roads.
“There is no political will to upgrade or maintain our infrastructure. Pump stations are defective and sewage is flowing in the street,” he said.
But the ANC appear to be unfazed. “In our view, the motion of no confidence against the mayor is a storm in a teacup. It will not see the light of day. The motion will appear on the council’s agenda, but the ANC will vote against it. There won’t be any support for it,” said Maimane.