Cape Town – Former Johannesburg Mayor Thapelo Amad has reportedly said his resignation has nothing to do with a lack of confidence in his mayorship and definitely doesn’t mean an end to his political career.
Al Jama-ah’s Amad’s resignation was announced by ANC provincial chairperson on Monday night.
His departure comes after months of wrangling and a day before he was due to face a no-confidence vote, according to reports.
Amad said his resignation was not about the lack of faith in his leadership of the city despite continuous calls for him to step down, reported EWN.
“This wasn’t about me, it wasn’t about myself – it is for the bigger cause. The collective is here, I am still part of this team. It doesn’t mean I will be ostracised after my resignation – I am part of the team.” the report quoted Amad as saying.
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The report added that the ANC and its government of local unity are yet to announce its preferred replacement.
Meanwhile, ActionSA has welcomed Amad’s resignation and hopes that it opens the door for a stable coalition that can oust the ANC-EFF in Johannesburg.
“He’s gone! But he ran away in the dark of night to avoid imminent removal by a motion of no confidence, saving the embarrassment for the ANC-EFF coalition. Thapelo Amad will be the first to go, but he won’t be the last. The work of fixing Johannesburg has just begin.
“ActionSA will not give up on the people of Johannesburg, and our commitment to fix Johannesburg, through a multi-party coalition that provides ethical and effective leadership at all levels of government.”
Picture: Twitter/ @Action4SA
Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe