‘FALL ON YOUR SWORD’

So says ANC af­ter claims of mayor’s in­volve­ment in sex scan­dal with MMC Senkubuge

Pretoria News - - FRONT PAGE - RAPULA MOATSHE [email protected]

THE ANC in Tsh­wane was yes­ter­day still un­de­cided about un­seat­ing Ex­ec­u­tive Mayor Stevens Mok­galapa by tabling a vote of no-con­fi­dence dur­ing Thurs­day’s coun­cil sit­ting.

This is de­spite the party’s re­lent­less calls for the mayor to “fall on his sword” fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions that he had had sex with his Roads and Trans­port MMC Sheila Lynn Senkubuge in­side the mu­nic­i­pal of­fice dur­ing work­ing hours.

The duo have since laid charges of il­le­gal and unau­tho­rised record­ing, ex­tor­tion and defama­tion at the Brook­lyn Po­lice Sta­tion.

Mok­galapa said the record­ing was in­tended to ex­tort him into re­in­stat­ing four of­fi­cials on sus­pen­sion for vi­o­la­tions of the Mu­nic­i­pal Fi­nance Man­age­ment Act and other leg­is­la­tion gov­ern­ing the con­duct of of­fi­cials of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

But ANC re­gional chair­per­son Dr Kgosi Maepa said Mok­galapa lied by say­ing the record­ing was tam­pered with.

The mayor on Sun­day said the au­dio part, which ap­peared to sound as if he was en­gag­ing in sex­ual in­ter­course with Senkubuge, was some­what doc­tored.

Maepa said the ANC had con­sulted with au­dio ex­perts about the au­then­tic­ity of the record­ing and they had at­tested that no one had med­dled with its orig­i­nal con­tent. He called on the mayor “to do the hon­ourable thing and fall on his sword”, say­ing the DA must re­place him im­me­di­ately if he wouldn’t vol­un­tar­ily re­sign.

Maepa was, how­ever, non-com­mit­tal about whether the ANC would oust Mok­galapa through a mo­tion of no-con­fi­dence. “If peo­ple want to sub­mit a mo­tion of no-con­fi­dence then their party must do it. It will de­pend on the tac­tics of the ANC at the mo­ment whether it is good for us to vote for that mo­tion. We sus­pect we will vote with it, but peo­ple must go and put the mo­tion,” he said.

The ANC was work­ing on branches to pre­pare for the 2021 mu­nic­i­pal polls. “What­ever other par­ties are in­volved in is none of our busi­ness.”

His ut­ter­ance was made in light of a pledge by EFF leader Julius Malema to sup­port the ANC with its votes should it ta­ble a mo­tion against Mok­galapa.

How­ever, he said any­thing could still hap­pen be­tween now and Thurs­day be­fore 8am in terms of or­ches­trat­ing a move to fire the mayor.

While he was un­sure about the ANC’s stance on sack­ing Mok­galapa, he an­nounced that dur­ing Thurs­day’s coun­cil sit­ting “blue con­doms” would be dis­trib­uted to DA coun­cil­lors.

Young Com­mu­nist League district chair­per­son Lucky Ndala said: “Po­lit­i­cal par­ties in coun­cil should work to­gether in the in­ter­ests of the peo­ple of Tsh­wane and forego their ide­o­log­i­cal dif­fer­ences and agree to fire this delin­quent of a mayor and his squeeze.

“Mok­galapa’s power drunk­en­ness had reached dizzy heights and went to his head, hence in the clip he gloats to his squeeze, say­ing that he is Tsh­wane.”

DA leader in Gaut­eng John Moodey un­der­took to in­ves­ti­gate the sex al­le­ga­tions, say­ing the party viewed the mat­ter in se­ri­ous light.

“The DA’s po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship will meet the mayor. The Fed­eral Le­gal Com­mis­sion has been tasked to con­duct an in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mat­ter,” he said. The party was com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing clean gov­er­nance and would act ap­pro­pri­ately in the light of such se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions.

In the 30-minute record­ing, Mok­galapa could be heard gos­sip­ing about a court vic­tory against Maepa in the Gaut­eng High Court, Pre­to­ria.

In Oc­to­ber, Maepa made a le­gal bid to re­verse the City’s de­ci­sion to pay mil­lions to former city man­ager Dr Moeketsi Mosola as part of his con­tract set­tle­ment pack­age.

Maepa said: “The mayor said he was there to gos­sip about the vic­tory won against Maepa in court. So they were gos­sip­ing about the ANC be­cause Maepa is not the ANC. We don’t know whether Maepa is the mayor’s li­bido booster be­fore sex­ual in­ter­course.”

He hinted that there were more sex tapes still to be re­leased to the public, ac­cord­ing to informatio­n shared with the ANC.

He said the party de­nounced the “po­lit­i­cal head of the City” hav­ing sex dur­ing work­ing hours and in the mu­nic­i­pal of­fices. “We can’t have the DA hav­ing sex every­where in public fa­cil­i­ties. He must an­swer for that. We are not hav­ing sex es­capades here… we are work­ing here,” Maepa said.

The ANC would use the codes of con­duct of coun­cil­lors to hold the mayor ac­count­able for the al­leged act, he said.

Both Mok­galapa and Senkubuge could be heard in the clip plot­ting the sack­ing of se­nior of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer James Mur­phy. They were also deroga­tory to­wards MMC for Fi­nance Mare-Lise Fourie as well as coun­cil speaker Katlego Mathebe.

They la­belled Mathebe a “witch” and called former mayor and now DA leader in the pro­vin­cial leg­is­la­ture Solly Msi­manga a “big head”. The two also made dis­parag­ing re­marks about Fourie be­ing a prob­lem.

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