EFF, ANC smell blood as exposés hurt Tshwane mayor
Msimanga's job in jeopardy as parties file motions of no confidence while EFF turns its back on DA
Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga will most likely lose the mayoral chain come August 30.
The ANC and Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters have filed separate motions of no confidence against Msimanga amid a number of exposés painting his administration in a negative light.
The latest exposé, by the Sunday Times, concerning a R12bn tender for consultants who have so far billed the city for R259m, has forced the city to suspend municipal manager Moeketsi Mosola.
Now the ANC and EFF want to go after Msimanga. Combined, the parties have a majority of 114 votes.
The DA alone has 93 votes but it was able to take power from the ANC in that council through a coalition with Cope, the Freedom Front Plus and the ACDP, which have a total of seven votes.At the time, the coalition was successful thanks to the backing of the EFF, which voted with the coalition partners in what they called a “working relationship”.
But now the EFF has turned against the DA, with Malema slamming Msimanga for the suspension of Mosola, during a press conference on Thursday.
“If the ANC brings a credible candidate‚ we will vote for them and if no party brings a credible candidate‚ we will stay out of voting. We are not going to support any party‚ we are going to support a credible candidate. Let each party tell the story of each candidate‚” Malema said.
The ANC in the city listed 10 points in its motion against Msimanga. They include the R12bn tender and hiring of unqualified staff at the municipality, including Msimanga’s former chief of staff, Marietha Aucamp.
City of Tshwane speaker Katlego Mathebe has confirmed receiving both motions against Msimanga, saying “they will be considered or they will be tabled on the 30th of August”.
She said those were the only motions of no confidence expected to be discussed on the day.
Gauteng DA leader John Moodey expressed optimism, saying Msimanga may survive next week’s motion, just as Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Athol Trollip had done on two occasions.“It is very unfortunate that opposition parties are playing politics,” he said.
He said the motion by the ANC was about sour grapes after it lost the municipality to the DA.
“I am confident about the fact that it will sort itself out and that sanity will prevail when it comes to the EFF. If they are going to be responsible to hand the metro back to the ANC, the voters will deal with them in 2019,” he said.
Moodey said the DA leadership will be communicating with the EFF leadership to mend their working relationship.
Msimanga could not be reached for comment by the time of publication.