Madibeng leaders likely to be recalled by ANC

The ANC announced on Thursday, 17 September, that the leaders of another six North West municipalities are to be recalled, and it was hinted that Madibeng might be among them.

Madibeng mayor, Jostina Mothibe

During a media briefing of the ANC provincial interim committee this week, Interim Provincial Committee Co-ordinator, Hlomani Chauke  said the committee has identified 11 municipalities that required a change of leadership.

Mail and Guardian reports that Chauke said discussions were underway for the recall of another six mayors, including the mayor of Madibeng.

This follows the recall of mayors, speakers and chief whips of five municipalities in North West last Friday, 11 September.

Chauke said they were removed because of failure to provide leadership and service delivery and that this removal was only “the first round.” He also said his committee will leave no stone unturned in all municipalities that are implicated in the VBS saga.

Madibeng mayor, Jostina Mothibe, was recalled by the ANC before in December 2018, and was then temporarily suspended in May 2019. At the time, the ANC said disciplinary proceedings were going to be instituted against her by the ANC’s National Disciplinary Committee. However, nothing seemed to have happened and Mothibe is still at the helm of the Madibeng municipality.

The municipality was again placed under administration last month. Following the announcement, Mothibe has brought an urgent application in the High Court for government to “immediately withdraw” the intervention, and demands a written undertaking  that another administrator will not be appointed for the municipality.