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 and Da Gama has been suspended for three months without pay over his decision to postpone the vote for a new Johannesburg mayor.
The Democratic Alliance (DA), on the other hand, has submitted an urgent application asking the high court to set aside these suspensions.
Eusebius McKaiser chats to African National Congress (ANC) Tshwane chairperson Dr Kgosi Maepa and DA cooperative governance shadow MEC Solly Msimanga to weigh in on the matter.
I read the statement by the MEC that Katlego Mathebe was suspended for six months and Vasco da Gama was suspended for three months. What Da Gama did wrong was that he didn't call a meeting when it was supposed to be called and he played tricks.— Dr Kgosi Maepa, Tshwane chairperson - ANC
Msimanga says Maepa is being economical with the truth because he says that a councillor cannot sit over a meeting where a motion is going to be tabled on him.
The same argument is what they brought to court in Tshwane but they reversed it. They argued in court that the speaker shouldn't have recused herself and now he is contradicting himself.— Solly Msimanga, Cooperative governance shadow MEC - DA
Listen below to the the full conversation and hear both arguments on Maile's decision: