By City Press/Sowetan
A Ugandan-South African woman Sheila Senkubuge resigned on Friday as a councillor and MMC after leaked audio involving Tshwane Mayor Stevens Mokgalapa.
The Mayor of Tshwane is the head of the local government of Pretoria, South Africa; currently that government takes the form of the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality.
The DA has confirmed the resignation of Tshwane roads and transport MMC Sheila Senkubuge.
This comes a few days after a leaked audio recording in which she is allegedly heard having “sex” with now suspended mayor Stevens Mokgalapa.
Senkubuge did not wait for the results of the federal legal commission’s findings, citing that there was a clear intention to “vilify” her.
In a statement on Saturday, DA Gauteng leader John Moodey confirmed the resignation.
“The DA has informed the chief whip of council to communicate her resignation to the city manager so that a vacancy can be declared by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC),” said Moodey.
He said the party was also aware that a case had been laid with the police regarding her citizenship status amid rumours that she was not a naturalised citizen.
“We further note that a private citizen has laid charges with the police with regards to the allegations of her being registered to vote while not being a naturalised citizen.
“The IEC must explain its processes in this regard and the law must follow its course,” said Moodey.
The party announced that it had appointed Abel Tau as acting mayor while investigations into Mokgalapa are under way. Opposition parties are baying for blood, with the EFF pushing for a motion of no confidence in the embattled mayor.
South African or Ugandan?
She said she was born and raised in South Africa, although Uganda was her “home country”.
“Therefore, as much as it is with regret that I tender my resignation with immediate effect, I do so in order to not betray the spirit, the struggle and the sacrifice that our forebears made and the charge they gave us, which is to always put our people first, as articulated in the Batho Pele principles,” she said in her resignation letter.
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on Sunday said according to the voter’s roll, former City of Tshwane Roads and Transport MMC Sheila Senkubuge was a South African citizen at the time of her appointment to the mayoral committee.
The IEC said Senkubuge was a citizen during the 2016 municipal elections.
“We received an update sometime back that confirmed to us that she had been accorded a citizenship status on the National Population Register. And on that basis, when she first registered in 2013, she was accordingly placed on the voter’s roll,” said IEC chief electoral officer Sy Mamabolo.
There was speculation around Senkubuge’s status after a complainant was laid against her.
It was claimed that she was born in Uganda and was not a naturalised South African at the time of her appointment.