City of Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba‘s habit of removing members of his mayoral committee has been described as destabilising the city and the Gauteng region.
This is according to the spokesperson of the African National Congress in the province, Motalatale Modiba.
Modiba says Mashaba changes his structure every six months and has fired four Members of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) since August 2016 for a variety of reasons.
“Either they lack the required leadership skills or they were found involved in fraud or corruption or they refused to toe the line. This has seriously impacted on the functioning of affected departments. I mean you cannot have instability in a department like finance, you cannot have instability in a department like environment and infrastructure and development, economic development, those are critical departments within the city that has sort of slowed down service delivery in the city.”
Mashaba’s spokesperson Luyanda Mfeka says that any changes brought on by the city are made with the needs of the residents in mind.
“Had the ANC been able to keep the members of its executive to account, both for their conduct and for their performance, the ANC would still be in power today. Unfortunately for them that’s just not the case. The Mayor has never shied away from holding those members of his executive to account in order to make sure that we look after the best interest of residents in the city.”