Herman Mashaba.Picture: SOWETAN
Herman Mashaba.Picture: SOWETAN

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) says it supports the motion of no confidence in Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba. The motion was tabled by the ANC Johannesburg region on Wednesday.

In a statement issued on Friday‚ Samwu called on all political parties to vote in support of the motion to remove Mashaba from office.

"This has nothing to do with politics but ensuring that the city continues on its constitutional mandate of delivering services to its citizens while also protecting workers’ rights‚ which have effectively evaporated under the tyrant rule of Mashaba and his administration‚" read the statement.

This has nothing to do with politics but ensuring that the city continues on its constitutional mandate of delivering services to its citizens while also protecting workers’ rights

The union accuses Mashaba of violating the rights of municipal workers‚ collapsing crucial city services and failing to provide leadership for the people of Johannesburg. It also accuses Mashaba of being an anti-black‚ anti-worker and pro-capital individual who has gone out of his way to fuel xenophobia.

Mashaba’s office confirmed on Thursday that the motion of no confidence vote is set for the council meeting on September 26 and 27.

"Following the filing of the motion‚ Mashaba ran to the media in an attempt to redeem himself‚ while casting aspersions on those who filed the motion against him. This is a clear indication of how clueless and irresponsible Mashaba is with processes and procedures of local government. He should have waited for the motion to be debated in council instead of debating it in the media‚" said Samwu.

Mashaba has been on anti-corruption drive since he came into office last year, with several employees being arrested. He said the motion is a desperate effort by the ANC to climb back on the gravy train that they have been deprived for the past 13 months.

"We will fight this motion‚ as we have all other efforts that the ANC has undermined the change that residents want and the ANC fears‚" Mashaba said in a statement issued on Thursday.

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