Thursday, 25 November
The reconvened voting process to elect a mayor and deputy mayor in the eThekwini metro once again descended into chaos, as opposition parties and the ANC went head-to-head in the battle for the last remaining metro in the country.
The ANC’s Mxolisi Kaunda and DA’s Nicole Graham were the only two candidates nominated for the coveted first citizen position – this, after two hours of bickering over the executive council (exco) which saw an ANC councillor resign and an Abantu Batho Coungress member being elected.
Before voting began well after 16:00 on Wednesday, council was put through its paces once again as the ANC argued that because Monday’s first council sitting was disrupted, parties should have another opportunity to nominate members to exco.
This, after the ANC on Monday nominated five of its own members to the 10-seat executive committee.
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Speaker Thabani Nyawose then produced a handwritten resignation by one of the ANC’s councillors, after which councillor Philani Mavundla, leader of the Abantu Batho Coungress (ABC), replaced one of the ANC’s seats on exco.
The DA’s Graham, the EFF’s Themba Mvubu and IFP’s Mdu Nkosi, all argued that this was unconstitutional and illegal.
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However, Nyawose conferred with the City’s legal advisor who quoted amendments to the Municipal Structures Act which now allowed for political parties to nominate anyone from any other party to the exco.
Opposition parties – the DA, EFF, IFP, ActionSA, ACDP and Freedom Front Plus – had a combined 105 votes, leaving smaller parties with the determining votes.
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The IFP’s Nkosi said he would challenge the move by Nyawose and his legal advisor.
“I will see you and your council in court.”
Speaking to News24 earlier in the day, Nkosi, Graham and Mvubu said they would not vote with the ANC, and called for better leadership for the City.
On Monday, the council meeting descended into chaos after an electricity blackout and ANC members storming into the meeting venue.
Nyawose said that the matter was under investigation by City authorities who would give him a report into what occurred during Monday’s meeting.
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