Mogale City’s DA mayor Michael Holenstein has been removed in a motion of no confidence.
The mayor was evacuated from his office on Thursday after a group of city workers stormed his office demanding the payment of their bonuses.
Holenstein, who led the multi-party coalition government in the municipality on Gauteng’s West Rand, was voted out during a council meeting on Wednesday.
The employees said the city ought to have paid the money into their bank accounts on December 14 – a week before they receive their salary. The three percent bonus was promised by the municipality to all employees in 2013 because of the clean audit the municipality received.
The vote on the motion was done by secret ballot, with 77 councilors voting. Thirty eight councilors voted no; 39 councilors voted yes. The ANC has only 38 councilors, so one of the councilors that form part of the coalition government voted with the ANC.
DA Gauteng leader Moodey expressed disappointment with the inherited ANC financial failure. He disclosed that the overdraft of the inherited municipality reached R42 million, promising that the municipality will pay as soon as money comes in.
Mogale City has been an ANC traditional base since 1994. The ruling party lost control of it to a coalition of opposition parties in the August 3 local government elections.