National 19.8.2016 04:24 pm

ANC retains Rustenburg council amid ‘fistfight’ with EFF

ANC members sing as they enter the council chambers in Rustenburg. Imkage via Twitter

ANC members sing as they enter the council chambers in Rustenburg. Imkage via Twitter

The ANC received 46 seats to retain the Rustenburg metro during a council meeting held this afternoon.

The ANC elected a mayor, Mpho Khonou, during a tightly contested voting process that saw the DA garner 43 votes.

The EFF and F4SD parties voted with the DA, while the ANC is said to have gotten the majority of the votes from FF Plus and AIC.

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The council meeting got off to a rough start after an alleged altercation between EFF and ANC councillors. According to Sikekelwa Mdingi of eNCA, there was a mix of excitement and anticipation as rival parties sang and prepared for the council meeting.

There were also demonstrations outside the council chambers that led to a disruption before the meeting began.

Tensions ran high during the voting process when the DA and FS4D recived 44 votes each for the position of speaker. A rerun was granted, with the ANC’s Shilela Mabale Huma eventually winning the speaker role.  For the mayoral position, the ANC and opposition parties went head to head again, with the ANC’s Khunou accepting nomination and Malebane Metsing of F4SD as well.

The vote went into a rerun again, with Khuno ultimately being elected mayor. The DA and EFF expressed disappointment at the outcome, as they had expected their candidates to take both positions.

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