The opposition political parties are calling for Sedibeng district executive mayor Mahole Simon “Sy” Mofokeng to step down as mayor. The Democratic Alliance and COPE ganged up and called for his resignation.
The DA’s Dennis Ryder said they (DA) would like Mofokeng to step down and make way for someone more suitable. This came shortly after Mofokeng, who is also an ANC chairman in the Vaal, was arrested for alleged drunk driving last week Tuesday. It is alleged he was arrested after bumping into another car while leaving a Vanderbijlpark hotel. He was released on Wednesday morning on R1000 bail.
Mofokeng spent Tuesday evening in police cells. Gauteng police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini confirmed that Mofokeng was arrested. ” He was released after he paid R1 000 bail,” said Dlamini. Cope spokeswoman Sikelelwa Clara Sodlulashe-Motau said Mofokeng’s behaviour was disgraceful and an embarrassment to Sedibeng municipality.
Opposition parties were quick to point out that this was not the first alcohol embarrassment for him. “In February this year, he made similar news when he fell at a bar because he was allegedly drunk and he had to be assisted by those around him just to get back on his feet,” she said. “What will the public who placed him in office think of this behaviour?” asked Sodlulashe-Motau. She continued by saying that she hoped the justice system would not be biased in resolving the matter.
Gauteng police said a sample of Mofokeng’s blood was taken at a hospital. Director in Mofokeng’s office, Andries Mapetla confirmed that an incident had taken place on Tuesday night. “Yes it is true that he was involved in a motor car accident, and as best as it is understood, it was just a minor accident,” said Mapetla. The ANC Gauteng will conduct its own investigation into the arrest of Mofokeng.
African National Congress through a statement said, “The ANC Gauteng has seen and noted all media reports on the alleged arrest of the Sedibeng executive mayor Mahole Simon Mofokeng, as a result of an alleged drunken driving accident. The ANC intends on conducting its own investigations, and if there is any truth to the allegations, we will refer the matter to the (ANC’s) integrity committee to handle and deal with all its consequences.” The ANC said while it viewed the allegation in a serious light, the matter was with the police. Regarding the incident in February, Mapetla said the matter was being looked into. Mofokeng would appear in Vanderbijlpark magistrate court on September 5