Tuesday, 28 January 2020 06:12

Cooperative Governance MEC Lebogang Maile is expected to hold a media briefing about his decision to rescind the suspension of two DA councillors.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) Gauteng leader John Moodey has since called on Premier David Makhura to fire Cooperative Governance MEC Lebogang Maile.

This after Maile rescinded the suspension of two DA councillors with immediate effect on Monday.

Maile made the decision to lift the suspensions following consultation with senior council about a legal challenge brought by the DA.

He earlier suspended the former Johannesburg council speaker Vasco da Gama for three months without pay and the Tshwane council speaker Katlego Mathebe for six months without any salary.

Da Gama was removed as Johannesburg speaker last month through a vote of no confidence but remains a DA councillor.

In Tshwane, a motion of no confidence against Mathebe has not yet been tabled amid the collapse of several council meetings to decide on her and Mayor Stevens Mokgalapa’s fate.

The DA then filed an urgent application in the High Court against the decision by Maile.

Moodey said the DA wanted Maile to be held personally liable for the legal costs.

"The MEC received his paper and in the papers we also asked a court order that, should the courts find in our favour, they should agree that he should pay for all costs from his personal capacity. I think that most probably made him get further legal advice."