Joburg mayor faces three more motions of no confidence this week

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Johannesburg executive mayor Mpho Phaletse will again face a motion of no confidence.
Johannesburg executive mayor Mpho Phaletse will again face a motion of no confidence.
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  • Three motions of no confidence have been tabled against the Johannesburg executive mayor.
  • The motions will be heard at the next council sitting set for Thursday and Friday.
  • This is the third time the mayor will face this motion.

Johannesburg Mayor Mpho Phalatse faces three motions of no confidence at the next council sitting.

According to her spokesperson Mabine Seabe, three motions were tabled in the programming committee meeting, and have made it onto the agenda for the sitting on Thursday and Friday this week.

The first motion is brought by councillor Kabelo Gwamanda and seconded by Thapelo Amad of the Al Jama-Ah party.

Gwamanda believes the mayor "does not care about the residents of Johannesburg" and "has no sense of a strategic direction for the City, and there is no sign of hope under her leadership".

A second motion will be brought by Margaret Arnolds of the African Independent Congress and seconded by Amad.

The councillor is bringing the motion because she believes Phalatse has failed to "effectively manage a stable government … under her leadership the City … is degenerating and collapsing".

"We have lost confidence in the executive mayor."

African Transformation Movement councillor Lubabalo Magwentshu has brought the final motion of no confidence against the mayor, seconded by Moloko Mpolobosho of the African People's Convention.

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The motion claims are the same as the one brought by Gwamanda.

In November last year, Phalatse faced a motion of no confidence proposed by Arnolds. The motion was withdrawn at the 11th hour.

At the time, the chairperson of the Johannesburg ANC, Dada Morero, said the opposition parties were instructed by the leadership to withdraw the motion, so the ANC and the EFF could work out the issues arising from the events in Ekurhuleni.

Councillors within the DA-led coalition believed the councillor withdrew the motion because the EFF would not vote with the ANC because of the collapse of their deal in Ekurhuleni.

Ekurhuleni Mayor Tania Campbell was ousted from office after a motion of no confidence against her in October but reinstated when the EFF voted with the DA - and against the ANC - to replace her in November.

This was after negotiations between the EFF and ANC broke down over leadership positions.

It is the third time Phalatse will face a no confidence motion.

She was removed in September but reinstated in October by the Joburg High Court, which declared that the no confidence motion against her was "unlawful, unconstitutional and invalid".

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