“Can Joburg Mayor be trusted with overseeing R70 billion budget?”

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Councillor Kabelo Gwamanda was sworn in as Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg Municipality on On 5 May 2023,

DA’s Mpho Phalatse said publicly and in full view of live television and radio broadcast by several media houses, Cllr Gwamanda swore that he “will be faithful to the Republic of South Africa and will obey, respect and uphold the Constitution and all other laws of the republic.”

Phalatse said it is however concerning that there has since been damning information circulating about Cllr Gwamanda, which cast aspersions on whether he could be trusted with such responsibilities including overseeing the more than R70 billion budget of the City of Johannesburg.

“The allegations circulating on social media suggest that our newly elected Executive Mayor may have flouted the financial laws of this country, swindled and scammed members of the public. It is alleged that Gwamanda, through his entity iThemba Lama Afrika, scammed innocent residents into investing in a funeral/investment scheme”.

The DA believes that the Mayor deserves an opportunity to clear his name if he is to be trusted by the public. “Hence, we suggest that the Executive Mayor must, in less than 48 hours, take the public into his confidence by holding a public media briefing to provide clarity and assure the public that he will not interfere with this investigation”.

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