National 14.8.2016 11:58 am

Ekurhuleni’s new council to elect next mayor

ANC mayoral candidate for the City of Ekurhuleni Mzwandile Masina. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

ANC mayoral candidate for the City of Ekurhuleni Mzwandile Masina. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

A coalition government is expected to be announced before Friday’s first council meeting.

The City of Ekurhuleni in Gauteng is set to convene on Friday to elect a mayor and speaker of the new council following the August 3 municipal elections.

“Ekurhuleni assures residents that the absence of a clear majority by any party in the city will not affect the provision of services,” spokesman Themba Gadebe said on Sunday.

“However, the city is ready to convene its first council meeting on Friday, where it is expected to elect a mayor and speaker of the new council,” he said.

The city manager would preside over the commencement of council until the election of the speaker. Thereafter the newly elected speaker would preside over council and oversee the election of the executive mayor and the chief whip.

The meeting would be held at 10am on Friday at the Germiston council chambers, Gadebe said.

No party won an outright majority in Ekurhuleni and a coalition government is expected to be announced before Friday’s first council meeting.

The African National Congress polled 49.04 percent of the vote (109 out of 224 seats in the metro) and the Democratic Alliance took 34.43 percent of the total votes (77 seats).

The Economic Freedom Fighters won 25 seats, the African Independent Congress four seats, the Inkatha Freedom Party and Freedom Front Plus two seats each, and the Pan Africanist Congress, the Patriotic Alliance, Congress of the People, and the Independent Ratepayers Association of SA won one seat each.

ANC and AIC officials were reportedly meeting on Sunday to discuss forming a coalition in Ekurhuleni, which will allow the ANC to retain the metro.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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