THE speaker of the Randfontein council, who took her child and husband on a trip to the US instead of an indigent worker or disadvantaged child, has been fired by the Gauteng government.
Caroline Setsiba was told on Tuesday to vacate her office after being found guilty of "selling goods and services from her official municipal office".
She was also caught on the wrong side of the municipality's code of conduct when she claimed R3000 subsistence for a trip that was sponsored by the American NGO Global Literacy.
Her dismissal came months after a forensic report containing overwhelming evidence of Setsiba's indiscretions was forwarded to local government MEC Kgaogelo Lekgoro's office. The report strongly advised Lekgoro to dismiss Setsiba.
Municipal manager Sepanya Mogale will now declare two vacancies through the Independent Electoral Commission to replace the speaker as well as a replacement ward councillor.
Mayor Zeph Mhlongo's office said the appointment of a new speaker would be handled by the ANC.
Meanwhile, councillor Morwesi Sole, who promised community members houses and the reconnection of electricity in exchange for money, has also been fired.
By-elections will take place within 90 days after the vacancy is declared by the municipal manager.