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Gauteng Cogta MEC Maile rescinds Da Gama, Mathebe suspensions

The decision comes following legal consultations in the wake of a Democratic Alliance (DA) court challenge over the suspensions last week.

FILE: Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Lebogang Maile. Picture: @LebogangMaile1/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng government has rescinded the suspensions of Tshwane Speaker Katlego Mathebe and former Johannesburg Speaker Vasco da Gama with immediate effect.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) councilors were suspended last week for six and three months respectively without pay.

The DA announced on Friday that it would challenge this decision in court.

When Cooperative Governance MEC Lebogang Maile suspended Mathebe and Da Gama, he called them constitutional delinquents and accused them of breaching the code of conduct of councillors.

He also said that they acted contrary to their responsibilities when they collapsed council meetings in their metros.

The MEC has now made an about-turn.

In a statement released on Monday afternoon, he said that following consultations with lawyers about the DA’s legal challenge, a decision has now been taken to rescind the suspensions of the two councillors with immediate effect.

He said that this development had been formally communicated to Mathebe, Da Gama and their lawyers.