Second vote of no confidence defeated

The Speaker in council, councillor Vasco da Gama, survived a second vote of no confidence.


The City of Johannesburg’s (CoJ) Mayor, Herman Mashaba, and the Speaker in council, Vasco da Gama, have survived the second motion of no confidence tabled by the opposition party.

During the council meeting, 141 members voted against the motion while 121 voted in support of it. The opposition party claimed that the reason for wanting Mashaba removed, was because Johannesburg residents are receiving poor service delivery under his leadership.

In a recent press release, the mayor said that, since the motions of no confidence were tabled against himself and the Speaker, they have welcomed the opportunity to defend their record in cleaning up the corrupt mess left by the previous administration.

“Due to the previous administration’s unashamedly corrupt rule, this multi-party government has uncovered fraud and corruption worth just over R16,2 billion.

Over 2 500 matters are at various stages of investigation. This has resulted in the arrest of over 600 people, the suspension of over 100 employees, the dismissal of seven and the resignation of 13,” he said.

He added that the motion of no confidence was nothing more than a desperate attempt to regain control of the city’s purse in order to continue the corruption that has been part of the CoJ’s administration for so long, and said, “Fortunately, the city council saw the motion for what it was, and the opposition’s loss, is not only a victory for the democratic will of our residents, but a victory for the hard-working civil servants of Johannesburg as well.”

The mayor said that it was time for the opposition party to make peace with the fact that the CoJ’s residents voted for a multi-party government made up of different political parties, because they wanted things to change.

“We will relentlessly continue our fight against corruption, and to bring change to Johannesburg by delivering title deeds to our poorest residents, extending operating hours at clinics and libraries, upgrading infrastructure in informal settlements, cleaning and revitalising Johannesburg’s inner city to create work opportunities and provide more housing for residents. We have also prioritised the safety of our residents through the recruitment of 1 500 new JMPD trainee officers. This is only the beginning of the change which we promised the residents of Johannesburg,” he assured residents.

He concluded by thanking all coalition partners for their continued support, as well as the Economic Freedom Fighters – even though they were not a coalition partner. He also thanked the residents and CoJ civil servants for the faith shown in the new administration.

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