MEC Lebogang Maile threatens to remove Joburg speaker Vasco da Gama

“This decision was arbitrary and an abuse of your office.

Not only did it deprive the council to execute its constitutional and legal obligations to elect an executive mayor, but it prejudiced the residents of the city as the municipality is now without an executive branch that must act within the best interests of the residents of the city. "If such conduct is allowed and left undisturbed, it will set a bad precedent that other speakers may very well follow, which will ultimately lead to the collapse of governance at local government level.

” Maile said he offered Da Gama time to make representations.

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