When is the ANC going to fire the mayors who were involved in the VBS looting, the DA asked last week.

Madibeng mayor, Jostina Mothibe

”It has been two years since the Madibeng Local Municipality in Brits lost R30 million of the R50 million the municipality had unlawfully deposited in VBS Mutual Bank and in May 2019 Mayor Jostina Mothibe was supposedly “suspended” by the ANC, but she is still in her job. The ANC must come clean about its VBS mayors – will they be fired, or is the party going to protect them until the 2021 local government election?” Cilliers Brink, DA Shadow Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance & Traditional Affairs asked.

”Without skipping a beat Mayor Mothibe appeared before Parliament’s CoGTA portfolio committee to account for the dismal state of Madibeng’s finances and services. The municipality has now been placed under provincial administration five times, currently has an unfunded budget, and is fast running out of cash to pay its bills. The mayor avoided a direct question from the DA about why she hasn’t yet resigned. It was also clear that no senior manager in the municipality has been fired for authorising the VBS deposits,” he said.

”Morris Maluleke was the CFO of Madibeng when the municipality deposited funds in VBS. No disciplinary action was ever taken against him, and he has since landed a promotion to the job of municipal manager of the Waterberg District in Limpopo. Mothibe seems to be part of a league of untouchable VBS politicians.”

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