EM­FU­LENI MAYOR RE­SIGNS

Claims of sex­ual groom­ing of 14-year-old girl

African Times - - News - KARABO NGOEPE

EM­BAT­TLED Em­fu­leni mayor Si­mon Mo­fo­keng has re­signed from his po­si­tion as al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct linger over his head. The party an­nounced that it had ac­cepted his res­ig­na­tion. ANC Gaut­eng Pro­vin­cial Sec­re­tary Hope Papo said the de­ci­sion was taken on Mon­day.

“At a spe­cial meet­ing held on Mon­day, 20th Novem­ber 2017, the ANC Gaut­eng Pro­vin­cial Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee (PEC) ac­cepted the de­ci­sion of the Ex­ec­u­tive Mayor of Em­fu­leni Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, com­rade Si­mon Mo­fo­keng to re­sign as a Coun­cil­lor and Mayor,” Papo said.

He added that the party was still con­duct­ing in­ter­nal pro­cesses to put the mat­ter to rest once and for all.

“Af­ter in­ter­nal or­gan­i­sa­tional pro­cesses by the Pro­vin­cial Of­fice Bear­ers (POBs), fur­ther de­ci­sions will be an­nounced,” he said.

Mo­fo­keng was placed on spe­cial leave ear­lier in the month pend­ing the out­come of in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the mat­ter.

“This lat­est de­vel­op­ment fol­lows the de­ci­sion by the POBs to place Mayor Mo­fo­keng on Spe­cial Leave, three weeks ago which led to the ap­point­ment of an Act­ing Mayor,” said Papo.

He has been ac­cused of sex­u­ally groom­ing a 14-year-old girl. The de­ci­sion to place him on spe­cial leave was taken by the Pro­vin­cial Of­fice Bear­ers (POB’s) who con­vened a meet­ing with ANC Sed­ibeng Re­gional Of­fice Bear­ers (ROB’s).

The Demo­cratic Al­liance wel­comed the res­ig­na­tion and la­belled it a vic­tory for the res­i­dents of Em­fu­leni.

“This is a vic­tory for the res­i­dents of Em­fu­leni. Mo­fo­keng’s res­ig­na­tion can be seen as an ad­mis­sion of guilt, as he is al­leged to have sex­u­ally groomed a 14-year old girl.

“Em­fu­leni’s poor­est com­mu­ni­ties have been hard­est hit by the mal­ad­min­is­tra­tion of Mo­fo­keng for years as he ran the mu­nic­i­pal­ity into the ground,” said King­sol Cha­bal­ala.

He said the peo­ple of Em­fu­leni de­serve a clean and func­tion­ing gov­ern­ment that de­liv­ers ser­vices.

“The peo­ple of Em­fu­leni have been wait­ing des­per­ately for a well de­served new be­gin­ning.

“The DA will mon­i­tor all pro­ce­dures fol­lowed and put the name of our can­di­date for­ward, once coun­cil votes on the mat­ter,” he said.

Mo­fo­keng is no stranger to con­tro­versy. Ear­lier in the year he was ac­cused of spend­ing more than R1.7 mil­lion on take away food and ho­tel bills.

The DA at the time said the amounts were spent at Nando’s, KFC and ho­tels dur­ing his term as the mayor of the Sed­ibeng District Mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

Cha­bal­ala claimed that Mo­fo­keng had spent R1 772 549.28 on KFC, Nando’s and at the Shake­speare Inn.

“Mayor Mo­fo­keng racked up a shock­ing R1.1m be­tween 2011 and 2015 as ANC mayor of Sed­ibeng district mu­nic­i­pal­ity‚ be­fore he was de­ployed as mayor to Em­fu­leni — where he gob­bled up a fur­ther R629‚000 be­tween Novem­ber 2015 to April 2017,” said Cha­bal­ala.

Mo­fo­keng de­nied any wrong do­ings and said he only claimed monies he had used for of­fi­cial busi­nesses from the mu­nic­i­pal­ity and it was R100 000.

He also in­di­cated that he had bought the food for peo­ple who had meet­ings with him.

“If I’m hav­ing a meet­ing with, maybe, church lead­ers and it hap­pens that it runs later than was ini­tially ex­pected, we can’t just let peo­ple go with­out eat­ing some­thing, hence we would or­der food from Nando’s or KFC.

“But I don’t eat KFC be­cause of my choles­terol is­sues and I pre­fer eat­ing healthy and that’s why I pre­fer Nando’s over KFC,” he said at the time.

Em­fu­leni mayor Si­mon Mo­fo­keng

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