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Ekurhuleni mayor to keep his job...for now


Ekurhuleni Executive Mayor, Sivuyile Ngodwana, remains the political head of the city. Picture: Provided

By Lungani Mhlongo

Ekurhuleni Executive Mayor, Sivuyile Ngodwana, remains the political head of the city, following the adjournment of a council sitting on Tuesday. The meeting was called by the Speaker after Action SA tabled a motion of no confidence against Ngodwana.


The Speaker of Council, Nthabiseng Tshivenga, adjourned the meeting after the ANC and DA supported the motion but proposed recommendations and amendments, which ActionSA opposed. 


After a back and forth debate on how the Speaker should rule on the matter, Tshivenga adjourned the meeting, stating that she will seek legal advice and make a ruling on the next council meeting, scheduled for 28 March 2024.

"Councillors I am adjourning the meeting to seek legal advice on how to move forward with this matter, the meeting is adjourned," said the speaker.


Meanwhile, ActionSA, has expressed disappointment with the Speaker's decision.  The party believe the Speaker, who is an EFF Cllr, is using delay tactics in order to protect the Mayor (AIC) and for the EFF to remain in power.

Action SA Caucus Leader Siyanda Makhubo said the Speaker must be held accountable for her behavior.” We can’t have the speaker that is partisan, we will report her to the ethics committee for her conduct” said Makhubo.

 

Furthermore, the ANC has also criticized the Speaker for “abruptly adjourning the meeting”. The Whip of the majority party, Cllr Jongizwe Dlabathi, say the Speaker has once again neglected her responsibilities and closed the meeting without giving ActionSA a fair chance to accept or decline the amendments.

 

The EFF has come in defense of the Speaker, saying she made a correct decision by not rushing to make a ruling on a complex matter like this.  The party Caucus Leader, Cllr Nkululeko Dunga said they applaud the Speaker for handling this matter the way she did, lambasting the ANC for conniving against the people’s government which they are part of.

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