Lebogang Maile. Picture: SOWETAN/MABUTI KALI
Lebogang Maile. Picture: SOWETAN/MABUTI KALI

Gauteng co-operative governance and traditional affairs MEC Lebogang Maile has issued a stern warning to Tshwane speaker Katlego Mathebe to run a smooth council meeting on Thursday — or get the axe.

Maile warned Mathebe not to lead the meeting into chaos, similar to the last council meeting when she left halfway through. That meeting was to discuss a motion of no confidence in Mathebe and mayor Stevens Mokgalapa.

Both were removed but the outcome of the meeting is being challenged in court by the DA.

Thursday’s meeting, called through a petition by the EFF and the ANC, will be a second attempt to remove Mokgalapa and Mathebe.

“What the speaker must not do is what she did last time, coming to council and then leave [midway]. The speaker must come into council, take her chair, [and] indicate to council that because there is a motion against her, she is going to recuse herself,” said Maile.

“And then [she must] facilitate that process of appointing the person who must relieve her. That’s what we expect.” 

He said, unlike the last time, when a provincial departmental official had to chair the meeting, Mathebe should ensure that such an incident does not happen again.

“If the speaker does not execute her responsibilities as stipulated in the constitution ... we invoke the powers of the MEC, and it has nothing to do with politics, to either suspend or expel her as a councillor,” said Maile.

He said he wanted Thursday’s meeting to continue uninterrupted.

“That is her responsibility as the speaker. We expect nothing less ... but we also call on the councillors to behave orderly, in a disciplined manner and follow council processes,” said Maile.

Thursday’s meeting is expected to be hotly contested as Julius Malema’s EFF ditched the DA, which it kept in power since 2016, late in 2019.

It is not yet clear if the ANC will take over political leadership after voting out the DA or if the party will form a coalition government with the EFF.