Gauteng Human Settlements, Urban Planning and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) MEC Lebogang Maile on Thursday suspended Tshwane speaker Katlego Mathebe and former Johannesburg speaker Vasco da Gama.
Following her failure to preside over a council meeting, Mathebe has been suspended for six months.
Clement Manyathela speaks to Maile to give more insight on these suspensions.
We have suspended them because they have breached the code of conduct for councillors, they are ill-disciplined and they have undermined our Constitution and the laws that govern the running of our municipalities.— Lebogang Maile, Gauteng MEC - Human Settlements, Urban Planning and Cogta
The two have breached the laws and have committed misconduct, Maile explains.
The reasons are that a council meeting was disrupted and the role that Mathebe played towards that disruption. She has total disregard for the laws of this country and that is why we cannot tolerate that.— Lebogang Maile, Gauteng MEC - Human Settlements, Urban Planning and Cogta
Maile explains that Mathebe is only suspended for six months and the council will continue in the interim with the municipal manager being the one that convenes council meetings.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) has responded to the suspensions by saying it will go to court arguing that removing the councillor cannot be done without a council resolution.
We have not removed any speaker, we have suspended the speaker who is a councillor. The DA always chooses to misinterpret the decisions we make. We couldn't fold our arms and let constitutional delinquents continue to ruin our council.— Lebogang Maile, Gauteng MEC - Human Settlements, Urban Planning and Cogta
Listen below to the full conversation: