Councillor removed for selling land

AN ANC ward councillor found guilty of illegally selling council property has been removed from his position in Johannesburg with immediate effect, the party says

"He has embarrassed the party and now that he has faced disciplinary procedures at council level and been removed from the council, he will now go to a regional disciplinary council," said spokesman Jolidee Matongo.

The decision to remove Godfrey Thabo Nkhasi, councillor for Ward 28, was made by local government and housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi and was welcomed by the ANC in the Johannesburg region.

"The MEC has instructed that a criminal case be opened which will happen in the course of the week," Matongo said.

In 2008, Nkhasi sold land in Diepkloof, Soweto, to the Together As One Church of Christ for R15,000.

After questioning the validity of receipts and letters purportedly confirming the land transfer, the church received an anonymous call warning it to stop building on the land or someone would be killed.

Nkhasi will face the ANC Johannesburg region disciplinary committee from February 15 to 17.

In the meantime, councillors Neo Mashele and Paul Masemola would act for the ward.

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