ANC excos face off over mayor’s recall

2012-03-15 12:36

Confusion about a Mpumalanga mayor being recalled has deepened after the ANC’s provincial executive committee (PEC) denied taking such a decision.

The ANC Gert Sibande regional executive committee (REC) has, however, announced that district mayor Kgotso Motloung, had been recalled after councillors instituted a vote of no confidence against him yesterday.

Provincial ANC spokesperson Paul Mbenyane said deployment and the recalling of mayors was the PEC’s jurisdiction, not that of the REC.

“The provincial office or PEC has not recalled any mayor including Kgotso Motloung,” Mbenyane said.

Motloung is the ANC Youth League Mpumalanga chairperson and has been on shaky ground after he opposed Premier David Mabuza when he lobbied the provincial league not to support Julius Malema for a second term as league president last year.

He exacerbated matters when he stood against Mabuza ally Safety and Security MEC Vusi Shongwe for the position of Gert Sibande chairperson. Motloung lost amid complaints of branch membership fraud.

Motloung had beefed up his security after he received death threats. The council tried to pass a vote of no confidence in him last year for allegedly organising a women and youth summit without follow procedures but the ANC’s top five leadership turned it down.

Gert Sibande REC spokesperson Sibusiso Hadebe insisted that the PEC had ratified the REC’s decision.

“All the processes were followed, and we’ll explain in detail tomorrow (at a press conference in Ermelo),” Hadebe said.

In 2010, former Mbombela executive mayor Lassy Chiwayo refused to step down when the Ehlanzeni REC decided to recall him. Chiwayo said only the PEC could do so and he stayed on in the position until the expiry of his term.

Motloung said: “This is more about purging and settling political scores. They did not follow party procedures, and ANC councillors voted with the opposition parties in this, which is in itself not proper.”

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has welcomed the decision.

DA councillor Len Joubert explained that a special committee made up of himself and four ANC councillors, which was chaired by an attorney, found that Motloung and his mayoral committee had interfered with administrative issues of the municipality.

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