Tshwane council speaker recuses herself

The City of Tshwane's council speaker Katlego Mathebe has recused herself in a special sitting, saying she does not want to deal with a motion of no-confidence against her and mayor Stevens Mokglapa and is avoiding a conflict of interest.

Her recusal led to some commotion in council when Mathebe insisted that Democratic Alliance (DA) councillor Zweli Khumalo take over.

Eyewitness News reporter Edwin Ntshidi has more on the story.

Immediately after that announcement she announced that a DA councillor by the name of Zweli Khumalo will preside,

Edwin Ntshidi, Reporter - EWN

As soon as she announced that person will be sitting on her behalf commotion ensued with the ANC and EFF protesting over the decision saying there were allegations that Mr Khumalo was seen drinking in the sitting and smells like alcohol. They were seen pushing, trying to get the speaker back.

Edwin Ntshidi, Reporter - EWN

Ntshidi says African National Congress caucus leader Dr Kgosi Maepa has expressed his disappointment at Mathebe's actions.

He is saying that Cogta (Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs) must come in and intervene.

Edwin Ntshidi, Reporter - EWN

What we have been told is that somebody from Cogta in the province will decide according to the law so that the motion can go ahead.

Edwin Ntshidi, Reporter - EWN

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