Motion of censure against Vasco Da Gama from the city of Joburg withdrawn

The minority Al Jama-ah party, which had tabled the motion, announced that it was withdrawing out of respect for Da Gama who is in mourning following a family bereavement.

Councilor of the Democratic Alliance Vasco da Gama elected new President of the Council of Johannesburg. Photo: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – A no-confidence motion against Johannesburg City Speaker Vasco Da Gama has been withdrawn.

The minority Al Jama-ah party, which had tabled the motion, announced that it was withdrawing out of respect for Da Gama who is in mourning following a family bereavement.

The party accuses him of allowing the political position of the Democratic Alliance to interfere with council business, thereby failing to safeguard its independence – among other listed reasons.

Da Gama had recused himself from the council’s deliberations and handed over to Presidents’ Chairman Colleen Makubela when Al Jama-ah’s Thapelo Ahmed relayed their decision.

“The cross-party opposition is coming to a consensus to allow the speaker’s mourning process because we are Africans first and foremost so we would like to stand down and sympathize very soon we will re-table the motion.”

It wouldn’t be the first time the president has been challenged in his position in 2019 as Da Gama was voted down by a motion of no confidence.

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