DA’s Msimanga guns for ANC’s Maile
DA Gauteng leader in the provincial legislature Solly Msimanga yesterday said Gauteng MEC for cooperative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) Lebogang Maile had no reason for putting the Tshwane metro under administration– and it would see him in court.
“The MEC’s political posturing lacks credibility and substance as he did not follow due process as set out by the constitution,” he said.
Maile claimed he had followed the correct procedures.
Msimanga reiterated that the DA’s opponents in the council of Tshwane had also broken the law when voting out the DA’s mayor and speaker after a dispute about who would preside over the meeting on Thursday.
Msimanga described the attempted motion of no confidence in mayor Stevens Mokgalapa as a “coup”.
The high court later overturned the results of the vote, which saw both ANC and EFF councillors voting in favour of a change of administration.
The DA was critical of Maile sending a Cogta representative to preside over the Tshwane no-confidence vote, despite a vacancy not being declared in council for such a representative to fill. Msimanga said this was evidence of a mere political stratagem by the “desperate” ANC to once again get access to the city’s funds.
On Friday, Maile announced that he intended to place Tshwane under administration from the ANC-led provincial government.