The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) Tania Campbell has been removed as Executive Mayor in the City of Ekurhuleni, Gauteng in a no confidence motion.
The African National Congress (ANC) had tabled the motion citing a decline in service delivery and despite calls from the party’s PEC in Gauteng to withdraw the motion, it went ahead on Wednesday 26 October.
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The City of Ekurhuleni was governed by the ANC for the longest time but following the 2021 Local Government Elections the municipality was then governed by a DA-led coalition with Tania Campbell as Mayor.
The 55-year-old was ousted after 100 councillors voted in favour of the motion while 93 voted against and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) reportedly abstained from voting in today’s sitting.
In an interview earlier this month ANC Chief Whip in Ekurhuleni Jongizizwe Dlabathi said they are confident about the basis under which they put the motion and they believe that the reasons contained in the motion should resonate with the majority parties in Council.
“Under the leadership of Tania Campbell an anti-pro-poor budget was pursued which saw the free basic electricity which was a necessary relief for our communities especially amidst the tough economic conditions. We have also seen service delivery taking a racial turn and it is apparent that our townships have been clearly neglected at the expense of the urban majority, so those are some of the reasons why we have tabled the motion,” he explained.
In a statement, Campbell said every party represented in the multi-party coalition has served diligently and carried out their responsibilities for the betterment of Ekurhuleni residents.
Campbell said those who seek power at all costs are one step closer to putting their hands back in the public purse to line their own pockets.
“Now more than ever, we remain steadfast in our resolve to ensure that residents come first. It may be from the opposition benches but our commitment remains unwavering,” she said.