20°C / 22°C
  • Sun
  • 24°C
  • 10°C
  • Mon
  • 26°C
  • 14°C
  • Tue
  • 27°C
  • 15°C
  • Wed
  • 22°C
  • 13°C
  • Thu
  • 20°C
  • 12°C
  • Sun
  • 20°C
  • 15°C
  • Mon
  • 18°C
  • 13°C
  • Tue
  • 18°C
  • 13°C
  • Wed
  • 23°C
  • 12°C
  • Thu
  • 26°C
  • 17°C
  • Sun
  • 26°C
  • 11°C
  • Mon
  • 28°C
  • 15°C
  • Tue
  • 29°C
  • 16°C
  • Wed
  • 23°C
  • 14°C
  • Thu
  • 22°C
  • 13°C
  • Sun
  • 25°C
  • 10°C
  • Mon
  • 28°C
  • 13°C
  • Tue
  • 27°C
  • 12°C
  • Wed
  • 24°C
  • 12°C
  • Thu
  • 22°C
  • 12°C
  • Sun
  • 28°C
  • 19°C
  • Mon
  • 27°C
  • 22°C
  • Tue
  • 22°C
  • 18°C
  • Wed
  • 22°C
  • 18°C
  • Thu
  • 24°C
  • 19°C
  • Sun
  • 21°C
  • 17°C
  • Mon
  • 20°C
  • 12°C
  • Tue
  • 16°C
  • 12°C
  • Wed
  • 19°C
  • 11°C
  • Thu
  • 25°C
  • 15°C
  • Sun
  • 33°C
  • 14°C
  • Mon
  • 26°C
  • 12°C
  • Tue
  • 17°C
  • 9°C
  • Wed
  • 21°C
  • 8°C
  • Sun
  • 22°C
  • 15°C
  • Mon
  • 17°C
  • 12°C
  • Tue
  • 18°C
  • 12°C
  • Wed
  • 24°C
  • 11°C
  • Thu
  • 27°C
  • 16°C
  • Sun
  • 27°C
  • 13°C
  • Mon
  • 30°C
  • 15°C
  • Tue
  • 30°C
  • 16°C
  • Wed
  • 26°C
  • 15°C
  • Thu
  • 24°C
  • 15°C
  • Sun
  • 27°C
  • 8°C
  • Mon
  • 28°C
  • 12°C
  • Tue
  • 22°C
  • 8°C
  • Wed
  • 26°C
  • 6°C
  • Thu
  • 25°C
  • 13°C
  • Sun
  • 31°C
  • 14°C
  • Mon
  • 35°C
  • 14°C
  • Tue
  • 32°C
  • 16°C
  • Wed
  • 19°C
  • 14°C
  • Thu
  • 21°C
  • 14°C
  • Sun
  • 20°C
  • 14°C
  • Mon
  • 19°C
  • 11°C
  • Tue
  • 14°C
  • 10°C
  • Wed
  • 18°C
  • 10°C
  • Thu
  • 24°C
  • 14°C

DA’s Katlego Mathebe, Vasco da Gama suspended - MEC Maile

Gauteng Cooperative MEC Lebogang Maile announced the suspensions a short while ago during a press briefing.

Democratic Alliance councillor Vasco da Gama elected as new Johannesburg Council Speaker. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Tshwane Speaker Katlego Mathebe and former Johannesburg Speaker Vasco da Gama have been suspended.

Gauteng Cooperative MEC Lebogang Maile announced the suspensions on Thursday during a press briefing.

Mathebe has been suspended for six months following her failure to preside over a council meeting.

The MEC described Da Gama as a constitutional delinquent over his decision last year to postpone the vote for a new Johannesburg mayor.

“We have decided to suspend the former (Johannesburg) speaker as a councillor for a period of three months without pay from today. We served him with that letter. This sanction has been used to send a strong message that nobody should ever play politics to the detriment of our residents.”

Maile said officials should be held accountable for what he calls “despicable actions”.

“It is our carefully considered view that the speaker placed her personal interests, to remain the speaker by any means necessary, above the needs of residents.”

Maile said the decision to suspend Da Gama and Mathebe was consistent with the law and did not favour any political party.

Maile believed his decision was strengthening local government by ensuring those elected into positions of responsibility were held accountable.

Maile has suspended Da Gama and Mathebe for allegedly breaching the code of conduct of council.
He insisted that the move was not a vehicle to drive an ANC agenda.

Meanwhile, the DA said it would take the MEC to court for political harassment following the suspension its councillors.

Comments

EWN welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

- Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
- Sexism
- Homophobia
- Religious intolerance
- Cyber bullying
- Hate speech
- Derogatory language
- Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the EWN community a safe and welcoming space for all.

EWN reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

EWN is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

comments powered by Disqus