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Council Speaker, Councillor Maipato Tsokolibane apologizes to residents of Emfuleni Local Municipality (ELM)

28 July 2020 - Councillor Maipato Tsokolibane, the Council Speaker of Emfuleni Local Municipality, conveys her deepest regret over her involvement in an unfortunate audio recording currently circulating on social media.
In the recording, Councillor Tsokolibane was participating in a robust and heated debate with fellow Councillors of the municipality over allegations of corruption. The altercation was about the Speaker’s insistence for the recommendations of the forensic report by Comperio Consulting into allegations of corruption in the municipality to be implemented.  The incident is highly regrettable and the Speaker profusely apologizes for the unfortunate sentiments shared in her outburst. 
“I have always been a consummate professional, undertaking all my duties with courtesy and discipline. I hold myself to moral and ethical leadership, and it is in this spirit that I apologize unreservedly for my role in the audio clips currently circulating on digital platforms,” said Councillor Tsokolibane.
Furthermore, Councillor Tsokolibane said as the Speaker of Council, she is the custodian of all policies and Council resolutions.  “I am the political head of the legislative arm of Council, and preside over Council meetings ensuring compliance with the Councillors’ code of conduct and rules and orders. I apologize to all residents of the municipality for my conduct,” added the Speaker.
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