Plot to unseat Pretoria mayor – ANCYL

Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa

The ANC Youth League in Tshwane has claimed senior municipal officials are part of what it alleges is a plot to unseat Kgosientso Ramokgopa as ANC chairman and Tshwane mayor.

The league on Wednesday levelled this and other serious allegations against deputy city manager for service delivery, Frans Boshielo, chief financial officer Andile Dyakala and former executive head in Ramokgopa’s office, Kgosi Maepa.

It claimed the trio were co-ordinating service delivery protests in Metsweding, east of Tshwane, for “selfish business interests”.

Metsweding was incorporated into Tshwane following last year’s local government elections, and has been plagued by service delivery protests in recent months.

In one recent protest that turned violent, the house of the ANC chief whip in the council, Jabu Mabena, was damaged.

Protesters set alight a Putco bus before making their way to Mabena’s house, where they threw stones and broke windows while Mabena’s wife was at home.

“We know (the trio) have been organising those protests to create chaos and sabotage the office of the executive mayor,” said the newly elected youth league chairman for Tshwane, Sbusiso Ngubeni.

“Our own (youth league) members have been invited to meetings where these activities were discussed, (but) our members have refused to be part of these actions.

“We will (meet) the leadership in the region to discuss these matters in the next week.”

Ngubeni claimed the trio were still bitter about the outcome of the elective regional conference when Ramokgopa was re-elected as regional chairman “because they were contesting to be elected”.

Maepa, who is now the head of monitoring and evaluation for the ANC in Gauteng, on Wednesday dismissed the allegations, saying the league was playing dirty politics.

“I’m working for the ANC in Gauteng. I’m very far from things happening in Tshwane. I have no knowledge of protests in Tshwane. I was never part of anything.

“They obviously have their own issues they are fighting about, but those have nothing to do with me.”

Boshielo challenged the league to provide evidence that he was co-ordinating service delivery protests.

He said he was shocked by the league’s claims, considering his employment with the municipality.

“How can I co-ordinate protests when I’m an employee of the municipality responsible for service delivery? I am really shocked,” Boshielo said. “Until they provide evidence these will remain baseless allegations.”

Dyakala said he was deeply hurt by the allegations. He refused to comment further, referring all queries to the municipality.

The league has also called on Ramokgopa and the regional ANC leadership to fire four mayoral committee members it alleges have been useless since being appointed in 2010. Ngubeni said the league would meet the regional leadership about its demands and was confident these four mayoral committee members would “soon be gone”.

The four are the mayoral committee member for social development, Sibongile Moseselane; for environment and agriculture, Nkele Malapane; for housing, Joshua Ngonyama; and for sports and culture, Faith Kgaditse.

The league wants four of its members, Aaron Maluleka, Matsena Matsena, Peter Marema and Collen Marishane, to replace them.

“We think that the (incumbents) were wrongly deployed and misplaced. The ANC deployment committee has taken the organisation two steps backwards by appointing these comrades… they must be replaced,” said Ngubeni.

The four had (shirked) their duties and had failed to spend their allocated budgets, and should be replaced by the younger cadres, who would perform their duties with enthusiasm, he said.

ANC regional secretary Paul Mojapelo said the youth league had to formally present its allegations about the “plot” to the regional executive committee to be investigated. “They’ve not formally communicated the allegations to us but we’ve told them to present evidence so we can properly investigate.”

A mayoral committee reshuffle had not been discussed, but the performance of all councillors and deployees “was being reviewed”.

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