Knives are out for beleaguered Tshwane mayor Stevens Mokgalapa, who is embroiled in a sex scandal that has rocked the official opposition DA.
As campaigning for next year’s local elections starts in earnest, there has been a strong push in the party to force him to step down as part of efforts to help the embattled organisation to retain control of the country’s capital after the polls next year.
The DA’S federal executive (fedex) is meeting in two weeks’ time and it is expected that Mokgalapa’s sex saga and the crisis it has caused in Tshwane will be discussed. Sunday World understands that the party’s federal legal commission (FLC) is set to present its findings and recommendations to the Fedex, which will then decide Mokgalapa’s fate.
Pressure is mounting on the DA leadership to take strong action against Mokgalapa, with fears that his presence at the helm of the metro will harm the DA’S chances of winning the municipality.
Mokgalapa was placed on special leave in November after an audio of him and former roads and transport MMC Sheila Senkubuge surfaced, in which they are purportedly intimate and are discussing their colleagues.
DA Gauteng leader John Moodey told Sunday World that the commision had concluded its work and would present its report to the Fedex. Moodey said they had not seen the findings and recommendations.
Commission chairwoman Glynnis Breytenbach declined to comment. Some DA leaders are pushing for Mokgalapa’s axing. “He won’t survive it. The only challenge is that the moment he is gone, the city is gone too. He has brought the party into disrepute,” a senior DA leader said.
Another DA leader said Mokgalapa had to go in order to allow the party to campaign on a clean slate for the 2021 local elections.
“To be honest, he must step down. Why didn’t he go to a hotel? They are going to say he is targeted because he is black; even if he was a white person, he was going to be treated the same,” he said.