The ANC in the West Rand welcomes the positive outcome in the vote for a motion of no confidence in the mayor of Mogale City Councillor Michael Holenstein earlier today.

The votes tallied returned a 39-38 result in favour of the ANC’s motion of no confidence in the executive mayor.

The ANC placed a motion of no confidence on the basis of gross violation of the laws governing local government by the executive mayor. These include taking to communities an IDP/Budget for 2017/2018 without it being endorsed by Council; political interference in administration as well as landing the municipality in serious financial dire straits through reckless decision-making amongst other things.

We had to act swiftly and decisively to avoid the municipality falling under administration on the grounds of these numerous violations.

Unfortunately, for the people of Mogale City, this is the second time that a DA/EFF mayor has been removed from this seat since August 2016. We had maintained consistently that the DA/EFF coalition was collapsing the municipality through sheer incompetence and decline of service delivery since the coalition took over the city.

The ANC is of the view that the municipality deserves a responsible, transparent, honest and accountable executive mayor who puts the interests of the community of Mogale City first and not narrow selfish interests.

We trust that the next Council meeting will elect a mayor who takes their constitutional and legal obligations seriously.


Issued by ANC West Rand

Media enquiries to be directed to

Mzi Khumalo
Deputy Chairperson
ANC West Rand