DA fails to oust Olly Mlamleli

The Democratic Alliance in the Mangaung Metro Council, which includes Bloemfontein in the Free State, failed in its bid to oust the besieged Mayor, Olly Mlamleli, through a motion of no-confidence on Tuesday.

This, as the ANC once again used it’s majority to outvote opposition parties and saw a total of 34 council members voting for the motion, 54 against while 2 abstained.

OFM News reports that the DA councillor, Mokgadi Kganakga, who tabled the motion against Mlamleli, says the voting was not democratic and further accused the mayor of threatening council members.

Meanwhile, EFF Councilor Baba Sebolao, whose party supported the DA’s motion, says the outcome of the voting process was expected.

The council speaker, Mxolisi Siyonzama, said the council sitting which sat at Bram Fischer in the Free State was an ordinary sitting.

Council members voted by a showing of hands after Siyonzana ruled against voting through a secrete ballot.

While tabling the motion against Mlamleli, Kganakga said during the mayor’s inauguration speech on 22 September  2016, she promised the residents of Mangaung that a local taxi rank will be fully operational by the end of that year.

But in her defense against the motion, Mlamleli accused Kganakga of deviating from her details drafted in her motion speech.

She says the municipality is not responsible many of the argument Kganakga brought forward in her argument for the motion.

Among others, Mlamleli says there is not a municipality in the province which is responsible for the building of  RDP houses.