EFF vows to remove councillors in alleged Joburg council bribe scandal

The ANC's Dan Bovu allegedly offered EFF councillors money to vote for them in the council meeting.

FILE: EFF leader Julius Malema speaks to the media at a press conference in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg, to give feedback on the party's coalition talks. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says it will make sure councillors who are found to have accepted an alleged bribe from Housing MMC Dan Bovu to vote for the African National Congress (ANC) to retain power in Johannesburg will be removed.

The EFF claims Bovu has offered several of its councillors money amounting to R500,000 in exchange for them to vote for the ANC at today's council meeting.

Bovu has yet to comment and the ANC says it's investigating.

The EFF's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says the ANC needs to accept defeat. Ndlozi says EFF councillors who may have accepted a bribe will be removed.

"The ANC must know that the parties have the right to withdraw councillors, even if they were to succeed, we'd replace those councillors and remove their mayor."

Meanwhile, the ANC's Jolidee Motonga says the party will investigate the claims but it believes this matter is merely about politicking.

"The EFF would have experienced the victory of the ANC in Rustenburg, so they try to make claims to intimidate their own members to say 'if you vote for them, we'll still take you out and put new people who will vote correctly.'"

The ANC received 44.64 percent of the votes in the metro and will need support from the opposition.