Mangaung mayor voted out

Olly Mlamleli
The controversial mayor of the embattled Mangaung Metro, Olly Mlamleli, has been voted out of her position as the Executive Mayor.

OFM News reports, that this is according to opposition parties who are currently still in the marathon council meeting still in session. All parties are now awaiting a formal announcement by the Speaker of the Metro Municipality, which includes Bloemfontein, that Mlamleli has finally been ousted after three attempts of the opposition to remove her from office.

The DA’s Mokgadi Kganakga tells OFM News that 31 councillors voted for her removal while 28 opposed it, and 8 spoiled their votes. She says Mlamleli was voted out through a secret ballot after council speaker, Mxolosi Siyonzana, accepted the bid to vote through via secret ballot.

The Freedom Front Plus (FF+) proposed the motion against Mlamleli, who previously survived at least two after the DA’s motion of no confidence failed in early February. The mayoral spokesperson Qondile Khedama, however, tells OFM News that they are still waiting for the results to be announced.

In early 2020, Mlamleli survived a second motion of no confidence again after the African National Congress (ANC) councillors, the Democratic Alliance (DA) councillors, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), and the Freedom Front Plus (FF+) voted on the motion. The ANC councillors voted against the motion, while DA, EFF and FF+ councillors voted for the removal of Mlamleli. Two councillors abstained.

The DA’s Mokgadi Kganakga had brought forward the motion after the Metro was placed under administration and had wanted a secret ballot.

She previously told OFM News that the motion followed after a series of challenges the troubled municipality – which is currently under administration – had been experiencing under the leadership of Mlamleli.

Kganakga added that the financial crisis went from bad to worse since the appointment of Mlamleli, with the total debt to various service providers rising to R6.5 billion.