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sedibeng mayor mahole mofokeng

Sedibeng District Municipality’s mayor Mahole Mofokeng. Photo by Just Licks.

Mayor and ANC Chairman in the Vaal, south of Joburg, Simon Mahole Mofokeng was arrested for alleged drunken driving on Tuesday afternoon.

Mofokeng is the executive mayor of the Sedibeng District Municipality which is made up of three local municipalities, Emfuleni, Midvaal and Lesedi. The news of his arrest come days after Mofokeng delivered his annual State of the District Address which was published in the media last week.

According to information received, Mofokeng was allegedly drinking at a popular pub in Vanderbijlpark and was later arrested by members of the Vanderbijlpark SAPS for drunken driving.

The mayor was arrested and later charged with drunken driving. Sedibeng District Municipality spokesperson Dan Manoeli referred all media enquiries to Andries Mapetla who is the Director in the mayor’s office.

Mapetla told this journalist that Mofokeng is currently on study leave and therefore unreachable.

“I’ve been trying to get hold of the mayor but he has been writing exams from last week. It has not been easy for me to get him and because of this challenge, I’m unable to comment,” he said.

Mapetla said he needed to speak to Mofokeng before he could comment further on the matter.

Democratic Alliance leader in the Vaal, Daddy Mollo used the incident to call for Mofokeng’s resignation. Mollo highlighted that this case was similar to another one which made headlines earlier in the year.

“Residents are not happy with services and there are protests and the mayor is expected to attend to such issues instead he is attending the bar, this is uncalled for and we reiterate our call for the mayor’s resignation,” he said.

Mollo said the DA would call a press conference on the matter next week.

Gauteng SAPS provincial spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said Mofokeng was released after he paid R1 000 bail. “He will appear in the Vanderbijlpark Magistrate Court on the 5 September,” he said.

Article by SONQOBA KUNENE