South Africa: Municipality won’t remove former mayor, despite home affairs demands

Published: 8/Jul/2020
Source: Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg)

Thanduxolo Jika

The home affairs department has given a Free State municipality an ultimatum to remove former executive mayor Nthateng Maoke from its payroll because she continues to draw a salary as an ordinary councillor, despite having been found to be an illegal immigrant.

In a strongly worded letter to the Setsoto council’s speaker Krog Mokhuoane two weeks ago, the department said that the municipality’s continued employment of Maoke, whom it found during an investigation last year to be a Lesotho national, was in violation of the Immigration Act.

But Maoke is fighting back. Through her lawyers, she has interdicted the government from arresting her or deporting her to Lesotho.

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Themes: Nationality of Politicians
Regions: South Africa
Year: 2020