South Africa: Tshwane, NMB Mayors Removed As Municipal Power Struggle Continues

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In what has been a chaotic week in municipal politics, the DA lost control of Tshwane on Thursday only a day after losing Johannesburg to the ANC and the United Democratic Movement's Mongameli Bobani was booted out of office in Nelson Mandela Bay. As political parties are starting to jockey for the 2021 local government elections, the high-stakes scramble may have only just begun.

A no-confidence motion against Tshwane mayor Stevens Mokgalapa was passed on Thursday evening in another blow to the DA, just 24 hours after it lost Johannesburg on Wednesday; the DA has now lost all three metropolitan municipalities it won through coalitions after the 2016 elections.

The ANC and EFF supported the motion of no confidence against Mokgalapa, removing him with 11 votes while the DA abstained. Mokgalapa was appointed mayor in February 2019 after the DA's Solly Msimanga resigned to run for Gauteng premier.

A leaked audio recording of Mokgalapa and roads and transport MMC Sheila Senkubuge recently surfaced that allegedly suggested the pair had a romantic relationship and had made disparaging remarks about their colleagues in the DA. Senkubuge resigned last week.

The motion was tabled against the mayor due to his mismanagement of the...

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