Former Johannesburg member of the mayoral committee (MMC) for finance Rabelani Dagada has resigned from the DA, saying he plans to sue mayor Herman Mashaba for defamation. As finance MMC, Dagada was tasked with political oversight of the metro’s finances. His main mandate was to sort out Johannesburg’s messy billing system, which saw it losing billions in potential revenue. He was axed from the position by Mashaba in January 2018. Mashaba cited a forensic investigation that pointed to nepotism and "undue influence" by Dagada as the main reasons for removing him from the post. Dagada, however, remained a councillor as part of the DA caucus in the city. In a letter sent last week to James Selfe, chairman of the DA’s federal council, Dagada made it clear he was not parting with the DA on amicable terms. Dagada — who stood against Mashaba in the race to become the DA’s Johannesburg mayoral candidate ahead of the 2017 local government elections — said he had no choice but to resign as a ...

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