Herman Mashaba, Joburg Mayor has axed the council’s head of economic development Sharon Peetz after she allegedly lied about taking a relative on an official trip to Spain.

Peetz was confronted with the allegations earlier this year.

A forensic investigation initially found that the city had not incurred any costs related to her family member’s travel‚ Mashaba said.

Later, evidence revealed that the proof of payment provided by Peetz had allegedly been falsified.

“Through her actions‚ it is my belief that Cllr Peetz has misled myself‚ the Council and the residents of Johannesburg. I have made it clear that‚ under my leadership‚ the City of Johannesburg will not tolerate such conduct any longer‚” Mashaba said.

“Irrespective of one’s role in the City‚ and irrespective of your political affiliation‚ there will be accountability for wrongdoing.”

Peetz’s dismissal has been approved by the federal executive of the Democratic Alliance.

The mayor has referred the matter to the party for possible disciplinary action.

Dr Mpho Phalatse will replace Peetz until a permanent appointment is made.