The ANC in Gauteng says Emfuleni mayor Jacob Khawe has reaffirmed his commitment to continue as mayor.

On Monday reports emerged that he had resigned, and his municipality placed under administration.

The provincial ANC says it met with Khawe on Thursday to discuss the implementation of the Provincial Executive Committee decision, that the Gauteng government intervene in Emfuleni to help it meet its service delivery obligations.

Emfuleni has been struggling to pay its debt to Eskom and Rand Water with residents subjected to water restrictions and power cuts.

The Gauteng Co-operative Governance Department, a custodian of provincial municipalities confirmed through its spokesperson Keith Khoza about Khawe’s resignation.

“We are aware that he has tendered his resignation, it is a matter that is currently in the hands of the MEC and premier,” says Khoza.

Now it seems Khawe has made an about turn.

The Gauteng ANC says an unsigned letter stating Khawe’s request to step down as mayor was sent to the Office of the Provincial Secretary. However the Provincial Officials did not accept the request because they believe Khawe is making a positive contribution to the task of bringing Emfuleni Local municipality back on track.