Didiza in last-minute registration for Tshwane municipal lists

2016-08-15 19:06
(Jeff Wicks, News24)

(Jeff Wicks, News24)

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Pretoria - ANC Tshwane mayoral candidate Thoko Didiza has left it to the last minute to register as a candidate on the IEC’s lists for that council.

ANC regional spokesperson Tebogo Joala confirmed that Didiza had registered on Monday after the party was notified by the municipality that Monday was the deadline to get on the list.

The Tshwane council is set to have its first meeting on Friday, during which councilors are expected to elect a mayor and speaker. There has been no official announcement about coalitions in Gauteng as yet, but according to reports and sources, the DA has entered into an agreement with the EFF in Tshwane.

Should the ANC, however, govern the municipality, Didiza is the appointed mayoral candidate.

Ekurhuleni is set to have its first meeting of its new council on Friday as well, where according to reports the ANC has reached a coalition deal with the AIC to govern the council.

Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Mzwandile Masina is expected to be elected mayor there.

A shake-up of DA representatives in Parliament is also on the cards in the next week, with four MPs leaving to become councilors in the Eastern Cape.

Elza van Lingen, the DA’s leader in the National Council of Provinces, is set to become Kouga mayor after the DA won that municipality for the first time, while Andrew Whitfield, Annette Lovemore and Nqaba Bhanga are poised to resign as MPs when they get sworn in as councilors at the Nelson Mandela Bay metro council’s first meeting on Thursday.

DA mayoral candidate Athol Trollip is set to resign his position as the DA’s leader in the Eastern Cape legislature. All indications are that the DA has reached a deal with smaller parties to govern the Nelson Mandela Bay metro and that Trollip will be elected mayor there, but this has not been formally confirmed as yet.

DA chairperson of the federal council, James Selfe, who has been in charge of coalition talks, sent out a message to DA representatives on Monday, indicating that they could expect an announcement in the next 48 hours.

EFF leaders are set to meet on Monday night to discuss coalitions, with a photo opportunity scheduled ahead of its meeting.

The party sent out a notice over the weekend, saying they would make an announcement on Wednesday – an event that was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but moved on because of the commemoration of the Marikana shootings on that day. 

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