Khawe makes an about turn

Gauteng Premier and ANC Gauteng acting chairperson, David Makhura addressed the media in Johannesburg on Monday morning. Below: ELM Executive Mayor Jacob Khawe withdrew his resignation last week. Photo: Mduduzi Mathebula

SEDIBENG. – It has emerged that Emfuleni Local Municipality (ELM) Executive Mayor, Jacob Lehana Khawe, did resign last week but withdrew his resignation after provincial intervention.

This was revealed to Sedibeng Ster by Gauteng Premier and ANC Gauteng acting chairperson David Makhura during a media briefing in Johannesburg on Monday. This was during a media briefing to formally inform the public that ELM has been placed under administration as per section 139 (which states that when a municipality cannot or does not fulfil an executive obligation in terms of the Constitution or legislation – the relevant provincial executive may intervene by taking any appropriate steps to ensure fulfilment of that obligation).
Khawe was conspicuous with his absence at the briefing. Makhura, in his own words, said that Khawe did resign but withdrew his resignation after the provincial leadership engaged him.
“We can declare that the mayor has withdrawn his resignation after we engaged with him. As we speak the mayor is fully hands-on and assures the people of the Vaal that he is committed to his work and his mandate to serve the people,” said Makhura.
The mayor’s resignation went viral on social media and made headlines across the country last week. Confirming what Makhura said, ELM Spokesperson  Stanley Gaba said that, in pursuit of stability, Khawe decided to put Emfuleni residents first by withdrawing his intention to resign, “It’s all hands on deck as Mayor Khawe teams up with provincial officials to accelerate service delivery in Emfuleni.”
According to Gaba the mayor’s reassuring commitment to the municipality follows weeks of speculation about his future in Emfuleni. Upon his return from official visits outside the country, Gaba said that , Khawe announced his readiness and willingness to continue the work of turning the municipality around.
Gaba further said that following a decision of Province to intervene and assist the municipality in meeting its service delivery obligations to residents, the mayor, members of the mayoral committee and the senior management team will now all join hands with officials from the province to strengthen and implement the municipality’s turn-around plan.
“All municipal operations and activities, from the administration to service delivery departments, remain active and the municipality apologises for the confusion, anxiety and speculation which has inconvenienced residents in recent weeks.”
Meanwhile an ELM State-of-the-Municipality-Address (SoMA) by Khawe, meant to take place on Tuesday morning in Vereeniging, was postponed.

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