Cope wants 'drunk' mayor sacked

2013-06-06 17:17
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Johannesburg - Sedibeng Mayor Mahole Simon Mofokeng should be fired after reportedly being arrested for alleged drunk driving, the Cope said on Thursday.

Cope spokesperson Sikelelwa Clara Sodlulashe-Motau said Mofokeng's behaviour was disgraceful and an embarrassment to Sedibeng municipality.

"In February this year, he made similar news when he fell at a bar because he was allegedly drunk and he had to be assisted by those around him just to get back on his feet," she said.

"What will the public who placed him in office think of this behaviour?"

Gauteng police said earlier on Thursday that Mofokeng was arrested on Tuesday after bumping into another car while leaving a Vanderbijlpark hotel.

Police spokesperson Neville Malila said a sample of Mofokeng's blood was taken at a hospital.

"He was released on Wednesday morning [on] R1 000 bail. He spent Tuesday evening in police cells."

Mofokeng did not have to appear in court, with the case postponed to 5 September.

‘Minor accident’

Sodlulashe-Motau said that with Mofokeng not appearing in court, she hoped the justice system would not be biased in resolving the matter.

Should Mofokeng be found guilty, he should be held accountable for his actions.

Director in Mofokeng's office, Andries Mapetla, confirmed that an incident had taken place on Tuesday night.

"Yes it is true that he was involved in a motor car accident, and as best as it is understood, it was just a minor accident."

He could not comment any further as he had not spoken to the mayor himself.

Regarding the incident in February, Mapetla said the matter was being looked into.

"An investigation is taking place on that. We haven't had a result as of yet," he said.

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