The Sushi King as Joburg's mayor, and the real mayor under fire from opposition

By Tshegofatso Makola

It is day two of the MMC of Transport of the City of Joburg, Kenny Kunene's temporary tenure as the mayor of the city, and criticism is continuing to mount against the "real" mayor of the city, Kabelo Gwamanda.

If the Twitter congratulatory message to the 'Sushi King' by the Patriotic Alliance's President, Gayton McKenzie gave you a fright this weekend, you are definitely in for more shock for the City of Johannesburg.

McKenzie, took to social media to congratulate Kenny Kunene for being chosen as the acting mayor whilst Gwamanda is out of the City.

It is unclear what unofficial business the newly elected mayor is up to that would require him to be out of the City, but  it is clear that Kunene is happy nonetheless, even mentioning that he does not see it as a tough task, seeing that he is already a part of the mayoral committee.

With Gwamanda out of the picture for now, opposition parties have since continued to criticise the mayor with ActionSA expressing concern over questions of his qualifications. 

This amid allegations that his qualifications are not true, despite having been vetted by his party, Al Jama-ah, as well as the hushed allegations of him having scammed civilians with a Ponzi Scheme.

Gwamanda was expected to debunk these allegations at a media briefing this past weekend, but failed to show up, probing further doubt from the public and opposition.

With Gwamanda expected back in office on Tuesday, one wonders whether his return will be lengthy, or will he pack his bags at the sight of pressure like his predecessor, Thapelo Amad?

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