Stevens Mokgalapa Biography
Stevens Mokgalapa is a South African politician who is currently serving as the Mayor of Tshwane. He previously served as a Member of the National Assembly, Shadow Minister of International Relations and Co-operation, Shadow Minister of Human Settlements and Shadow Deputy Minister of International Relations and Co-operation. He is the president of the Africa Liberal Network. Mokgalapa is a member of the Democratic Alliance.
#TshwaneSexScandal the sex audio tape allegedly involving the Mayor Stevens Mokgalapa & his MMC for roads Sheila Senkubuge has been released just days after EFF leader Julius Malema said he would support a motion of no confidence against Mokgalapa #sabcnews pic.twitter.com/bjrIBOyC03
— Sipho Stuurman (@Sipho_Stuurman) November 24, 2019
Prior to being elected to the National Assembly, Mokgalapa was a Tshwane Municipality councillor for a period of nine years.
In February 2019, the Democratic Alliance selected Mokgalapa as the party’s preferred mayoral candidate to succeed Solly Msimanga as Mayor of Tshwane. He was elected on 12 February 2019 and became the second Tshwane Mayor from the Democratic Alliance.
Stevens Mokgalapa Early Life
Stevens Mokgalapa was born and spent his entire childhood in Winterveld in Pretoria.
Stevens Mokgalapa Education
Mokgalapa attended Motsemogolo Primary and Kgolaganyo Middle School and matriculated from Mabopane High School. He went on to study at the University of Pretoria and completed an undergraduate degree in political science and began his honors degree in international relations. He later completed his honors degree at the University of the Western Cape. He also achieved a strategic diplomacy postgraduate certificate from the University of Johannesburg and a certificate in political leadership from St Augustine College.
Stevens Mokgalapa Wife
Mokgolapa is married to Pearl. They have one daughter named Rorisang.
Stevens Mokgalapa Political career
Mokgalapa joined the Democratic Party in 1999 and its successor, the Democratic Alliance, in 2000. Since joining the Democratic Alliance, Mokgalapa has held multiple leadership positions in the party. He was first appointed as a Regional Executive Member and was later promoted to the positions of Branch Chairperson and Township Strategy Member. He was elected a Tshwane Municipality councilor in 2000 and served as a ward and proportional representation councilor. He had also served as Deputy Caucus Chairperson, Caucus Strategic Member and Inner Regeneration Spokesperson of the Tshwane Democratic Alliance caucus. Mokgalapa was elected to the National Assembly of South Africa In May 2009.
Mokgalapa took office as a Member of the National Assembly on 6 May 2009. DA Parliamentary leader Athol Trollip appointed Mokgalapa as Shadow Deputy Minister of International Relations and Co-operation. Newly-elected DA Parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko announced her Shadow Cabinet in February 2012 and appointed him to the post of Shadow Minister of Human Settlements. After the 2014 elections, he took office as Shadow Minister of International Relations and Co-operation.
In 2017, Mokgalapa was elected president of the Africa Liberal Network.
Sheila Senkubuge has resigned from her position days after she was placed on special leave. She is accused of having sexual relations with Tshwane mayor Steven Mokgalapa in the officer and sharing sensitive information about colleagues in the metro.
Dear Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane Mr Stevens Mokgalapa . pic.twitter.com/qvb06MeDj0
— Obakeng Ramabodu (@RamaboduObakeng) November 24, 2019
Sheila Senkubuge Resigned
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 office.
“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 said.
“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.”
Stevens Mokgalapa ‘special leave’
On Sunday, November 24, 2019, a 30-minute audio clip was leaked online, which was supposedly 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.
Tshwane Mayor Stevens Mokgalapa should resigned too, we can’t afford to have horny leaders in office.😒 pic.twitter.com/5wWJEQIrKr
— Mmadikgosi Matshego (@Mmadikgosi_23) November 30, 2019