The ANC suspended the mayor of the Madibeng municipality on Thursday afternoon and disciplinary proceedings will be instituted against her.
The announcement of Jostina Mothibe’s suspension came after a special council meeting on Thursday afternoon which she did not attend.
“This difficult but necessary decision was taken to protect the integrity and the decorum of the organisation,” The North West provincial task team (PTT) coordinator, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said.
“Cader Jostinah Mothibi has been informed of her suspension and the conditions to which she has to abide during this suspension. We will ensure that various measures are put in place to ensure that service delivery is not affected and to restore services to the community of Madibeng.”
According to information a resignation letter for Mothibe was prepared before the council meeting but she refused to sign it and disappeared. “The idea was to announce her resignation during the council meeting but she was nowhere to be found. She had fled,” a source said.
This follows the illegal appointment of an acting municipal manager in April when the mayor pushed through the appointment during a meeting without a quorum.
Mothibe was recalled by the ANC in December 2018 following her involvement in the VBS bank scam. In a statement issued by the ANC at the time, it said that “there must be criminal charges preferred against those involved …”
However, Mothibe did not leave office and the municipality said at the time that Mothibe had not received a formal directive from the ANC.
The Democratic Alliance in Madibeng has been trying for almost a year to get a motion of no confidence in Mothibe tabled in council but has been thwarted by the municipal leadership.
A new acting municipal manager, Grace Magole, was appointed during the council meeting on Thursday.