The seat of Johannesburg Mayor Kabelo Gwamanda is under threat now more than ever: Opposition parties who have been pushing for his removal may now have the ammunition they need, since the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) has apparently confirmed to the Sunday Times that he was at the centre of an illegal funeral scheme.
Gwamanda is accused of taking advantage of vulnerable individuals with his funeral insurance and burial scheme. Carte Blance, an investigative journalism programme, covered the story, prompting ActionSA to file a motion of no confidence against him.
The embattled mayor is reported to have persuaded his victims to contribute monthly to this plan, but they were unable to benefit from it.
The motion of no confidence against the mayor of Africa’s economic centre is set for Tuesday, June 20, 2023. ActionSA is believed to have met with various political parties in order to urge for their support when the motion is considered.
In the aftermath of the Carte Blanche revelations, ActionSA reportedly reached out to the DA on 15 May 2023, requesting a meeting with all parties to discuss the need for a motion of no confidence.
The DA apparently did not reply to these demands, despite various parties in the moonshot pact discussions emphasising the significance of restoring confidence in our multi-party coalition effort at the local level.
Gwamanda was elected mayor of Joburg in early May 2023, following the resignation of his fellow Al Jama-ah councillor Thapelo Amad.
There are concerns about the City of Joburg’s lack of stability, which many ascribe to squabbles within the council’s various political parties.