Chief Whip, Christo Van den Heever has cancelled Tshwane Mayor, Stevens Mokgalapa’s special leave after EFF and ANC councillors put pressure on him to reject it.
In a council sitting ahead of a motion of no confidence in Mokgalapa, both the EFF and the ANC councillors rejected his special leave of two months.
According to Pretoria News, they exerted pressure on Van den Heever to withdraw the decision he made, to approve Mokgalapa’s leave.
After long deliberations, Van den Heever eventually agreed to cancel it.
EFF councillor Benjamin Disoloane said: “I want the people of Tshwane to know that Mokgalapa decided to stay away from work.”
Some councillors expressed concerns that the mayor absconded and that he could therefore not have appointed the now acting mayor, Abel Tau.
The decision to revoke Mokgalapa’s leave was made after the announcement that he will be on leave from 28 November until January 29 2020.
Councillors questioned why he went public about taking special leave before he applied for it through the office of the chief whip.
Van den Heever’s explanation that Mokgalapa was on leave and not special leave was also rejected.
Motion of no confidence after sex scandal
The council is expected to entertain a motion of confidence against Mokgalapa after allegations that he had sexual intercourse with Roads and Transport MMC, Sheila Senkubuge.
Mokgalapa claimed that he was being extorted and blackmailed after an audio recording, allegedly detailing his sexual misconduct with Senkubuge, was leaked over the weekend.
He said the recording had been doctored and has since laid charges of extortion against law enforcement agencies. A statement issued by the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) Gauteng Provincial Leader, John Moodey, late on Sunday 24 November, said:
“The DA’s political leadership will meet with the mayor whilst the DA’s Federal Legal Commission has been tasked to conduct an internal investigation into the matter.
Mayor Mokgalapa has laid charges of extortion and invasion of privacy against some known and unknown individuals at the Brooklyn police station as well as with the Hawks.”