Mayors in the firing line
TWO Limpopo mayors face the chop following a decision taken by the ANC provincial executive committee.
The ANC provincial executive committee (PEC) on Monday resolved to remove the mayors of Mogalakwena and Lephalale municipalities - Esther Mothibi and Johanna Mojela, respectively.
Yesterday Mothibi said she was aware of the decision to recall them but insisted that they had not been informed officially.
"I know of the decision that was taken to remove me and my counterpart in Lephalale, but I will continue to serve in my current position until I'm informed officially to vacate the position," Mothibi said.
She said the ANC chairman in the Waterberg, Morris Mataboge - who was at the PEC meeting - informed her of the decision.
Mojela refused to comment on the matter.
The two are accused of failing to support premier Cassel Mathale during the recent ANC elective conference in Limpopo.
Both mayors have had problems in their positions since they assumed power after the elections last year.
While Mothibi has been preoccupied with internal squabbles between her and Willie Kekana, the municipal manager who is close to Mathale, Mojela was never given executive powers to run her municipality.
Mojela's delegated powers were taken from her immediately after the inauguration of the new council in June last year, rendering her redundant. As for Mothibi, she was accused of hiring a security company to guard her residence, powers that only the council administrative head has.
The PEC resolved that the ANC Waterberg regional secretary Andries Lekalakala should also be suspended.
Makonde Mathivha, the ANC provincial spokesman, yesterday refuted the allegations.