The executive mayor of Ekurhuleni, Clr Mzwandile Masina, has survived a motion of no confiscated brought to the table by the DA at the monthly council meeting in Germiston on Thursday.
“The outcome of the motion shows that the failing ANC would rather put Clr Masina ahead of the people of Ekurhuleni,” said Clr Phillip de Lange, DA caucus leader in Ekurhuleni, in a statement issued afterwards.
“As the Democratic Alliance we have fought for the voice of the people of Ekurhuleni to be heard in council. Over the past few months we have detailed and compiled a dossier of information regarding corruption and allegations that occurred under Masina’s watch. We also raised these concerns to the mayor in letters. However, he continues to merely pay lip service to council regarding his actions to stem corruption in the metro,” he added.
“With cases of alleged corruption, cadre deployment and failing service delivery, the people of Ekurhuleni have bore the brunt of Masina’s poor leadership. And the failing ANC’s support in Masina shows party politics is more important to them than changing lives.
“This motion of no confidence should have become Masina’s political execution. He has abused his office and brought Ekurhuleni to the brink of collapse with rampant unemployment and corrupt officials operating under his tenure.
“As public servants, it is our duty to put the interests of the people of Ekurhuleni before party politics. But sadly, today, the failing ANC have voted to protect Masina,” De Lange continued.
“The motion of no confidence may have failed today but we will continue to pressure the executive mayor and his executive to deliver on their mandate to the people. Residents deserve to live in cities that are functional and deliver basic services as enshrined in our constitution.”