EMFULENI MAYOR RESIGNS
Claims of sexual grooming of 14-year-old girl
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