It looks like the battle for the soul of Metro Municipalities in South Africa’s wealthiest province has begun as City of Ekurhuleni Mayor, Tania Campbell is set to face a motion of no confidence on 26 October 2022.
The ANC tabled the motion against Campbell as was the case with ousted City of Johannesburg Mayor Dr Mpho Phalatse.
It looks like the joy of those who were happy to see the ANC being the opposition in Gauteng Metros will be short lived as another DA Mayor in the City of Ekurhuleni will face a motion of no confidence.
The ANC used to govern all the big Metros in Gauteng namely the City of Tshwane, City of Ekurhuleni and the City of Johannesburg however the ruling party lost power in the 2021 Local Government Elections and all the Municipalities are now governed through coalitions led by the Democratic Alliance (except for Johannesburg for now).
In an interview with Newzroom Afrika, ANC Chief Whip in the municipality Jongizizwe Dlabathi said they are confident about the basis under which they are putting the motion and they believe that the reasons contained in the motion should resonate with the majority parties in Council.
“Under the leadership of Tania Campbell an anti-pro-poor budget was pursued which saw the free basic electricity which was a necessary relief for our communities especially amidst the tough economic conditions. We have also seen service delivery taking a racial turn and it is apparent that out township have been clearly neglected at the expense of the urban majority, so those are some of the reasons why we have tabled the motion,” he explained.
The ANC in Ekurhuleni has submitted a motion of no confidence in mayor Tania Campbell, paving the way for a takeover by the ANC and EFF in the city. ANC Chief Whip In Ekurhuleni, Jongizizwe Dlabathi elaborates.
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Earlier this year, the Executive Mayor was put to the test following sporadic protests in Tembisa.
The township experienced road blockages and violence during the protests. This led to the death of four people, two of whom allegedly died while trying to bomb an ATM.
Among the issues that were raised by the community in their memorandum are high billing queries, unsatisfactory service from customer care centre staff and alleged tariff inequalities between various townships in the City of Ekurhuleni.
A number of residents in Ekurhuleni loathed Campbell after they stopped getting 100 units free basic electricity when she took over from the ANC’s Mzwandile Masina.
During an address to Tembisa residents, Campbell promised that the City of Ekurhuleni will continue to provide 50kws of free basic units.
“The 100kws free basic units are outside of our due restrictions as a municipality, therefore we are engaging with the provincial and national governments to find a solution.”