DA approaches Gauteng Cogta MEC to speed up election of new Joburg mayor

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Gauteng's MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Lebogang Maile.
Gauteng's MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Lebogang Maile.
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  • The DA is approaching Cogta MEC Lebogang Maile to ensure that a new Johannesburg mayor is elected urgently.
  • The party says the delay is affecting service delivery in the metro.
  • The ANC said on Monday that the names of three mayoral candidates were before the party's national executive committee.

The DA has escalated the election of a new mayor for the Johannesburg metro to Gauteng's MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Lebogang Maile, following the death of former Johannesburg mayor Geoff Makhubo.

The party said on Tuesday that the delay was hampering service delivery.

Makhubo died last month after experiencing Covid-19 complications.

"Joburg needs a mayor who can commit to delivering quality services to residents. There are still areas that are experiencing power outages. Klipfontein has been without power for more than 14 days now, while Rosettenville has been without power for more than five days.

"City Power depots are struggling without tools or spare parts to make repairs and restore power. The asphalt plant remains closed, so JRA teams are unable to carry out any road repairs," said the DA's Joburg caucus leader, Leah Knott.

READ | ANC Joburg nominates three members for mayoral position

But the party feels that council speaker Nonceba Molwele is hesitant to respond to their demands for an urgent mayoral election and it has now turned to Maile for help.

"We have asked him to put pressure on the speaker to call for the nomination of candidates and set a clear date for the election of the new mayor.

"There is the danger that should Joburg continue without a mayor for much longer, the MEC will have the grounds to put the City under administration - an outcome that no one wants," Knott added.

On Monday, the ANC in Gauteng said it had settled on three names for the position which needed the approval of the national executive committee.

However, there is speculation in the ANC that the mayor's finance MMC, Jolidee Matongo, is the region's preferred candidate.

ANC provincial spokesperson Sasabona Manganye told News24 he would comment on the matter later on in the day.

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