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Mokgalapa: My resignation was in the best interest of the people of Tshwane

The last few months of Mokgalapa's reign have been embroiled in a number of scandals with his party the Democratic Alliance (DA) resolving to institute a disciplinary process against him.

FILE: Stevens Mokgalapa celebrated following his election as executive mayor on 12 February 2019. He was ousted on 5 December 2019 through a motion of no confidence. Picture: DA

JOHANNESBURG - Tshwane Mayor Stevens Mokgalapa on Sunday said his decision to resign was in the best interest of the people of Tshwane.

Mokgalapa announced his resignation on Sunday.

This on the back of a recording that leaked, which it is alleged that Mokgalapa was having an affair with former MMC Sheila Senkubuge.

The last few months of Mokgalapa's reign have been embroiled in a number of scandals with his party the Democratic Alliance (DA) resolving to institute a disciplinary process against him.

He's been accused of having sexual relations with Senkubuge and was heard in an audio recording making disparaging comments about his colleagues.

Mokgalapa said he was resigning to put an end to the disruptions in the city council.

Mokgalapa said he would officially resign before the end of the month but for now, he would report to work on Monday morning.

Mokgalapa said his decision to step down paved the way for further progress in the metro beyond what he could achieve.

Mokgalapa said his resignation ensures what he referred to as the Batho Pele (People First) principle.

“Service delivery is negatively affected and disrupted and that defeats the purpose of why I am here. It is about me to ensure the Batho Pele principle and putting the interest of the people above my own interest.”