Vote of no confidence: DA convinced a secret ballot against Ekurhuleni's Masina will succeed

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Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina.
Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina.
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  • The DA is pushing ahead to have a secret ballot in a motion of no confidence vote against Mzwandile Masina.
  • The party is concerned about Masina failing to execute his duties to accelerate service delivery in the metro.
  • The ANC caucus in Ekurhuleni says the DA's move to have the mayor removed is futile.

The DA has accused the executive mayor of Ekurhuleni, Mzwandile Masina, of being non-compliant in fulfilling the duties and responsibilities of his office. 

The party has filed an urgent motion of no confidence with Ekurhuleni Speaker Patricia Khumalo against Masina.

In the motion, the DA requests an urgent special council sitting, which will include a secret ballot motion of no confidence.

The motion includes a section, in which the party requests the office of the HOD for electricity be investigated due to lack of performance. 

However, on Thursday, Khumalo responded to the DA and said it would not be possible to convene a council sitting due to Covid-19 regulations. 

But the party, which is persisting in an attempt to see the removal of Masina, said it filed more documents on Friday, in response to the Speaker's concerns and suggested that the council be held virtually.

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The party's caucus leader in Ekurhuleni, Tania Campbell, said there were other ANC councillors who wanted Masina booted out of office, hence the request for a secret ballot.

"Now the reason why we want a secret ballot is because not only is it us, as the DA, that are very dissatisfied with service delivery at the moment, but there are ANC councillors as well that are very dissatisfied. Then, also you have the coalition partners who've got a contract [sic] with the ANC ... so if you have a secret ballot, that then gives them the freedom to choose what they want to choose, with the motion of no confidence."

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Speaking to News24 on Monday, Campbell said she was also discouraged about how the Speaker was reluctant to hold ANC councillors accountable.

Campbell said:

"The Speaker, who's the custodian of council, should be running council in a democratic way, where she should be listening to all parties and taking their stand point. But she is a member of the ANC and, therefore, is governed and regulated by her caucus of the ANC. So she has a very one-sided opinion when it comes to anything you do against her caucus or against the governing party currently."

Meanwhile, the ANC Ekurhuleni caucus has accused the DA of trying to use the motion as a tool to campaign ahead of the local government elections, which are around the corner. 

The ANC's Ekurhuleni spokesperson, Thabang Mashiyane, said the ANC led-coalition has, over the past four financial years, ensured the provision of sustainable basic services, including expanding infrastructure that enables and improves access to services for residents in the municipality. 

Mashiyane said: "The Ekurhuleni ANC caucus has consistently paid greater focus to service delivery and development through its strong political oversight, while the DA was absent. Suddenly, the DA is resurfacing as a concerned group that seeks to project a crisis that does not exist. They are just seasonal participants, whose interests is that of the privileged few.

"Through the capable executive mayor, Mzwandile Masina, the residents of Ekurhuleni should rest assured that we are presiding over a municipality that is able to discharge its local government mandate. More so, the recent attainment of the unqualified audit, with no material findings (clean audit) by the Auditor General South Africa, is a further testimony to a properly run municipality."

The Speaker's office said the DA failed to meet specific conditions for their motion to be successful. It said some of the issues the DA failed to meet included the matter not being defined and specific, as well as the matter not relating to specific matters of recent occurrence and not general state of affairs or matter of policy.

The Speaker's office said it took the work of council with utmost seriousness and considered all motions meticulously. 

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