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Criminal Councillors still on ANC payroll

Today, I will be writing to the Speaker of the Joburg Council, Cllr Vasco Da Gama, to request that Council stop salary payments to two ANC Councillors due to criminal activity which they have been implicated in.
Despite the ANC’s claims to have expelled ward 92 Councillor, Leepile Motsumi, from its ranks due to allegations of fraud and corruption, I have learnt that Mr Motsumi is still being​ handsomely rewarded by the ANC with a Councillor’s salary.

On 17 October 2017, Mr Motsumi was arrested by the Hawks, working together with the City’s Group Forensic and Investigation Service (GFIS) Department, for the illegal sale of two City owned property stands. The stands were sold for a total of R210 000.

In supposedly expelling Motsumi with immediate effect, the ANC in its statement claimed that its so-called Integrity Committee found that:

“the allegations [had the] huge potential to tarnish the name of the ANC and bring the organisation into disrepute….We will not shy away from disciplining any Councillor of the ANC should they be found guilty of an offence.”

Bizarrely, the same organisation now continues to reward Mr Motsumi for his alleged corrupt dealings with a Council salary at the expense of ratepayers. At the time of Motsumi’s supposed removal, questions arose from the ANC’s alleged decision.

If the ANC’s Integrity Committee met on 26 September 2017 and decided to remove the Councillor, why was this decision suddenly communicated only after his arrest?

The timing of its announcement makes it difficult to believe that the ANC’s decision to remove the Councillor was anything more than political expediency and an attempt to save face.

Mr Motsumi is not the only one to be rewarded for criminal conduct.

Ward 21 Councillor, Mpho Sesedinyane, convicted last week Tuesday of the crime of assault by the Protea Magistrate’s Court, also continues to draw a Councillor’s salary despite his conviction.

The crime in question occurred in February last year when ANC members brawled amongst themselves over who should be elected as ANC ward candidates during the last municipal election. During the incident, a 55-year-old man was sadly injured and allegedly passed away due to injuries related to the incident.

The manner in which the ANC has chosen to address both these cases is hardly surprising. Under the past administration, the ANC ran the City into the ground by disciplining corrupt officials with nothing more than a slap on the wrist.

For years, the ANC has also shamelessly gorged itself on money that should have been directed to the City for improving service delivery and uplifting our people; especially our poorest residents. What we see in both these cases is nothing more than a continuation of that legacy.

The sad irony is that that these criminals continue to rob our residents beyond the political grave of their criminal activity.

Since coming into office, this administration has uncovered close to R16 billion in corruption and over 2000 cases needing investigation. It is time to send a clear message to the ANC that corruption has no place in the City of Johanneburg.

More so, honest law abiding residents should not be forced to pay the salaries of criminal ANC politicians.

If the ANC is serious about their commitment to actually fighting corruption, they will stop misleading the residents of this City and remove their criminal members from the City Council with haste.

Cllr Herman Mashaba
Executive Mayor 
City of Joburg

For further information contact:

Luyanda Mfeka 
Acting Director of Communications
Office of the Executive Mayor
Tel: 011 407 6727
076 171 5978