Madibeng mayor, Jostina Mothibe has to leave office after the majority of councillors voted for her removal during a special council meeting on Friday.
Mothibe’s removal comes eight months after motions of no confidence were brought by three political parties in August 2020. The tabling of the motion was postponed repeatedly until it was finally tabled and voted on on Friday. This means her mayoral committee is also removed.
The FF Plus, DA and SD4U parties brought the motion of no confidence against Mothibe last year. “In the recent past, the FF Plus repeatedly requested the provincial government in North West to intervene at the municipality. Thus far, however, these interventions have not produced any concrete results. Meanwhile, the Municipality, which serves Brits and Hartbeespoort, among others, was driven to the edge of ruin by frequent corruption scandals and collapsing infrastructure,” FF Plus councillor Elsa Lourens said.
“There were no signs of proper financial management and planning. We hope that this successful motion will send a loud and clear message to all municipal office bearers and officials that mismanagement and corruption will not be tolerated.”
DA councillor, Jan van Rhyn said corruption was rife under Mothibe’s leadership and it seemed that she had no will or inclination to root out corruption. “The motion was brought on several points, most notably the mayor’s lack of leadership which led to a collapse in service delivery in Madibeng, as well as the fact that Madibeng has failed to obtain clean audit reports from the Auditor-General for a number of years,” he said.
“After long debates, it was decided that voting will take place by secret ballot. Interestingly, a number of ANC Councillors openly defied their caucus leadership by voicing their concerns for voting by show of hands, citing that several of them have received threats of bodily harm. This clearly showed a division amongst the ranks of the ANC. A number of ANC Councillors, amongst them former Mayor Mothibe as well as several prominent leaders, walked out of the Council chambers before the vote.”
An overwhelming majority of 50 Councillors against 2 voted for the motion to remove Mayor Mothibe. Mothibe was recalled by the ANC in 2018 but somehow stayed on as mayor of the Madibeng municipality.
ANC councillor Joseph Ratloi was voted in as Madibeng’s new mayor.