Sheila Senkubuge has resigned from her position days after she was placed on special leave. She is accused of having a sexual affair with Tshwane mayor Steven Mokgalapa in the officer and sharing sensitive information about colleagues in the metro.
#HomeAffairs | Motsoaledi says on the matter of Tshwane MMC, Sheila Senkubuge, she was born in former Transkei in 1984.
The minister adds her parents entered the former Transkei in 1983.
He adds Senkubuge “has been here for 36 years.”
— Jacaranda News (@JacaNews) December 1, 2019
In her resignation letter checked by EWN, Senkubuge thanks the DA for giving him the opportunity to serve as a black and younger MMC.
Mokgalapa and Senkubuge have repudiated being in a sexual relationship.
The mayor has described a filtered audio recording that is believed to be that of the couple discussing confidential information about their colleagues and participating in sexual relations as blackmail.
John Moody, of the district attorney, said, “I also believe that a private citizen has filed criminal charges that he could be under the control of the voters … That is for the IEC to handle”.
Sheila Senkubuge Resigning News
In her four-page resignation letter, Senkubuge said she was stepping down as MMC and as PR Councillor and noted there had been attempts to “vilify” her and remove focus from her work in the office.
— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) November 30, 2019
“In light of recent events, and despite the many successes, it has become clear that attempts to vilify me are taking focus away from the purpose of my role in office. This will in turn inevitably affect service delivery to our residents”, she claimed.
“Therefore, as much as it is with regret that I tender my resignation with immediate effect, I do so in order to not betray the spirit, the struggle and the sacrifice that our forebears made and the charge they gave us, which is to always put our people first, as articulated in the Batho Pele principles”.
Tshwane’s sex scandal MMC Sheila Senkubuge is ‘not a SA citizen’
The City of Tshwane was told about former roads and transport MMC Sheila Senkubuge’s questionable citizenship status as far back as 2017.
DA to investigate Tshwane mayor Stevens Mokgalapa and MMC over ‘sex tape’ allegations https://t.co/441VH9q4Rs
— Sowetan LIVE (@SowetanLIVE) November 24, 2019
An e-mail from Lerato Machaba, the municipality’s protocol officer in the office of the mayor, shows that senior officials in the metro knew about the issue just six months after Senkubuge was elected as a DA councilor in 2016…
Stevens Mokgalapa’s ‘Special Leave’
On Sunday, November 24, 2019, a 30-minute audio clip was leaked online, which was a conversation between the couple. The recording suggested that there was a sexual relationship between them and immediately provoked calls from the ANC and the DA in Tshwane for the mayor of the DA to resign. They can also be heard mocking some of their colleagues.
South Africans are at it again. They say it was wrong for Sheila Senkubuge to become a councilor because she is a Ugandan. But nobody has the temerity to question this Italian lady Natasha Mazzone’s nationality. Her father is from Italy & her mother is from England. Self-hate! pic.twitter.com/qXnMclE6nc
— Xabiso Mtwana (@MtwanaXabiso) November 30, 2019
Following the controversy, Mokgalapa was placed on special leave and on Thursday, November 28, 2019, a motion of distrust against him failed. The district attorney appointed Abel Tau as interim mayor while the party reaches the bottom of the accusations.