As ANC mayoral candidate Mzwandile Masina was nominated for election at the Ekurhuleni municipality, DA mayoral candidate Ghaleb Cachalia raised the eligibility of his opponent, as he was still the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry. However, Masina maintained he had resigned from both parliament and the cabinet.
The DA insisted on the question of whether or not he was still being paid in those capacities, which they said compromised his eligibility. The debate continued as the nomination process was delayed. Speaker Patricia Khumalo stood her ground, saying the process should continue, but Cachalia indicated he would lodge a formal complaint in a bid to have the proceedings declared null and void.
DA and EFF councillors sat in silence as the incumbent council speaker Patricia Khumalo officially retained her position. The EFF asked for a fifteen-minute break after the announcement ‘to caucus’.
The clearly unexpected win was met with mixed reactions in the chambers as the meeting went into recess. The landslide victory, 117 votes meant that the ANC had support from more than two opposition parties.
EFF councillors, who have agreed to vote with the DA, sing in anticipation of a DA victory, watch videos below.
IEC officials said 224 ballot papers were being counted after councillors at the Ekurhuleni municipality voted for a new speaker. EFF councillors, who had agreed to vote with the DA, waited while they sang in anticipation of a DA victory.
The DA (with 77seats) was poised for a win against the ANC ( 109) by virtue of their agreements with other parties. With the EFF’s 25 votes, plus the promised votes of the IFP, UDM, Cope and other opposition parties, the DA could win by a few votes.
The African Independent Congress (AIC) and the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC) had reportedly agreed to vote with the ANC, which gave it just five more votes in the ruling party’s favour.
Sworn-in councillors at the inaugural Ekurhuleni council meeting in Germiston were at loggerheads over the voting process when EFF and DA councillors suggested that ID verification be performed before the election of a mayor speaker and chief whip.
DA councillors complained that according to the IEC regulations, a voter must carry some form of identification.
Mocking and jeering ensued when DA councillors waved their IDs as the EFF cheered on.
An ANC councillor was accused by an EFF councillor of not having their ID with them. The DA hopes to topple the ANC government with the help of the EFF and other opposition parties.
The voting process remained delayed as the IEC officials deliberated on a ruling.
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