The African National Congress (ANC) in Johannesburg has taken its bid to unseat Mayor Herman Mashaba to another level. This follows the party’s confirmation that it has filed an urgent application in the High Court in Johannesburg against the Mayor and City Speaker Vasco da Gama.
The party, which seats as an opposition in Johannesburg filed the application Friday‚ adding that its motion against Mashaba was in compliance with the Standing Rules of Council. “The speaker is therefore obliged to place these motions on the council agenda for debate and adoption by the council in its upcoming council meeting.”
The speaker is therefore obliged to place these motions on the council agenda for debate and adoption by the council in its upcoming council meeting.” “The motions are in compliance with rule 94 as they were submitted to the secretary of the council for placing on the council agenda 14 days prior to the upcoming council meeting‚” ANC’s court papers read.
Apparently following the precedent set by National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete in the motion of no confidence vote against President Jacob Zuma, the ANC in Joburg is reportedly fighting to have the motion conducted by a secret ballot. They are also seeking to have the application heard on September 26, a day before the council meeting
ANC Johannesburg wants the court to do the following:
To nullify an earlier decision not to table the motion of no confidence in Mashaba and speaker Vasco da Gama.
To order that the motions be tabled on the agenda for the council meeting on September 27. To direct that the speaker has the discretion to decide on whether the motion of no confidence should be voted on by a show of hands or by secret ballot.
To give room for a replay of what happened in Mogale City, where the then-DA mayor, Michael Holenstein, was removed by secret ballot.
To set aside the decision that a vote for a new executive mayor and new speaker may not be voted on immediately after the motion has taken place.
To order that any of the respondents who oppose the application bear the cost jointly and severally.