ANC says Emfuleni mayor back on the job

Jacob Khawe is back in his position as mayor of Emfuleni.

The ANC in Gauteng believes Khawe is committed to serving the community after he resigned from the position of mayor earlier this week, just six months after starting the job.

Provincial secretary Hope Mankwana Papo said ANC provincial officials met with Khawe on Thursday to discuss the implementation of the provincial executive committee’s decision to direct the provincial government to intervene in the struggling municipality.

Papo said Khawe reaffirmed his commitment to serving the community and ensuring the municipality met its constitutional obligations of service delivery to the community.

A source confirmed to News24 that the municipality is no longer under administration.


Earlier this week, Khawe resigned with immediate effect in retaliation against the decision to place the struggling municipality under semi-administration.

Papo said it was confirmed that an unsigned letter citing Khawe’s request to step down as mayor was received by the office of the provincial secretary.

“However, the provincial officials did not accept the request because they believe Comrade Khawe is making a positive contribution to the task of bringing Emfuleni local municipality back on track,” he said.

“The meeting further agreed that the executive mayor of Emfuleni and the premier of Gauteng will work together on the details of the intervention to implement the PEC decision which they will jointly announce early next week.”

Last week, News24 reported that the decision to place the municipality under semi-administration was seen as an attempt to undercut Khawe’s bid to contest the provincial secretary position at the upcoming ANC Gauteng elective conference later this month.

Khawe is expected to go against incumbent Papo, who is closely aligned with Gauteng Premier David Makhura.

However, other sources said at the time that the municipality was cash strapped and struggling to deliver basic services, including paying utility bills and garbage collection, leaving Makhura no choice but to place it under administration.

Khawe was appointed mayor last year, replacing Simon Mofokeng after he was accused of sexually grooming a 14-year-old girl. — News24

Subscribe to the M&G

These are unprecedented times, and the role of media to tell and record the story of South Africa as it develops is more important than ever.

The Mail & Guardian is a proud news publisher with roots stretching back 35 years, and we’ve survived right from day one thanks to the support of readers who value fiercely independent journalism that is beholden to no-one. To help us continue for another 35 future years with the same proud values, please consider taking out a subscription.

Jan Bornman
Jan Bornman
Reporter at New Frame. Interested in migration, refugees and asylum seekers' stories. MA in Migration & Displacement.

Related stories

#CR17 fight heads to the Constitutional Court

amaBhungane’s arguments about the disclosure of campaign funding are also expected to be heard

Editorial: Political meddling won’t save the SABC

For years, in moves that harked back to the repressive regime of the Nats, the public broadcaster has been used by the party as its political football in internal factional battles, or to censor dissent.

Ace prepares ANC branches for battle

ANC secretary general Ace Magashule is ignoring party policy on corruption-charged officials and taking his battle to branch level, where his ‘slate capture’ strategy is expected to leave Ramaphosa on the ropes

Xenophobic tensions surge in KZN

Amid protests by the ANC’s MK Military Veterans, distressed foreign nationals have shut their stalls at a Durban flea market

‘Stand aside’ rule fails the Ace test

The ANC has stalled on setting ground rules for cleanout of comrades accused of corruption

‘Probe Free State tenders under Magashule’

A centralised procurement programme in the province allegedly operated under the former premier
Advertising

Subscribers only

Covid-19 surges in the Eastern Cape

With people queuing for services, no water, lax enforcement of mask rules and plenty of partying, the virus is flourishing once again, and a quarter of the growth is in the Eastern Cape

Ace prepares ANC branches for battle

ANC secretary general Ace Magashule is ignoring party policy on corruption-charged officials and taking his battle to branch level, where his ‘slate capture’ strategy is expected to leave Ramaphosa on the ropes

More top stories

‘We struggle for water, but power stations and coal mines...

A proposed pipeline will bring water polluted with Gauteng’s sewage to the Waterberg in Limpopo to boost the coal industry during the climate crisis

Journey through anxious Joburg

A new book has collected writing about the condition of living, yes, with a high crime rate, but also other, more pervasive existential urban stresses particular to the Global South

Football legend Maradona dies

The Argentinian icon died at his home on Wednesday, two weeks after having surgery on a blood clot in his brain

Covid vaccines: Hope balanced with caution

As Covid vaccines near the manufacturing stage, a look at two polio vaccines provides valuable historical insights
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…