As it happened: ANC retains Rustenburg municipality with 46-43 vote for mayor

2016-08-19 09:43

The ANC has retained the Rustenburg municipality as voting in the council's first sitting swung their way, with current outgoing mayor Mpho Khunou beating rival Malebane Metsing with 46 votes. The ANC's Sheila Mabale-Huma also emerged victorious as the new speaker.

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19 Aug 14:49

19 Aug 14:41

19 Aug 14:40

EFF and ANC supporters clash while leaving the hall in Rustenburg. Police had to separate the two groups.

(Lizeka Tandwa/News24)


19 Aug 14:34

19 Aug 14:29
EFF supporters are revolting outside. They are claiming that BCM sold them out with bribes from the ANC.

19 Aug 14:27
EFF Secretary-General Godrich Gardee tells News24 that Botho Community Movement (BCM) "sold them out". ANC supporters storming into the hall while the EFF leadership walks out.

19 Aug 14:20

19 Aug 14:19
ANC candidate and current outgoing mayor, Mpho Khunou, wins with 46 votes! Once again, the executive mayor of Rustenburg.

19 Aug 14:16

19 Aug 14:15

Voting ballots are being counted to prove there are only 89 papers for council to vote for executive mayor.

(Lizeka Tandwa/News24)


19 Aug 14:12
Voting for the Rustenburg executive mayor is done and the counting has started. Observers keeping an eagle eye on the process.

19 Aug 14:05

19 Aug 14:04

Late-night drama preceded chaotic Rustenburg council meeting

Late-night drama preceded Friday’s chaotic Rustenburg council sitting, after two opposition would-be councillors from the Economic Freedom Fighters-backed Forum 4 Service Delivery were suspended and then reinstated.

Former African National Congress members Pogiso Bhotomane and Rocky Malebane-Metsing were due to be sworn in as breakaway F4SD councillors.

Their lawyers said an F4SD official wrote to the Rustenburg municipal manager, saying the two had been suspended from the party and could not be sworn in as councillors.


19 Aug 13:57
The Rustenburg council continues to vote, with ANC councillors now voting.

19 Aug 13:53

The Rustenburg council will now proceed to vote for the executive mayor. 

(Lizeka Tandwa/News24)


19 Aug 13:45
Speaker says voting on paper is a secret vote and those who are showing each other their votes should stop. An EFF member interrupts Mabale-Huma and says the ANC members were exposing their votes to each other. Mabale-Huma tells the EFF they're out of order. 

19 Aug 13:38
The brief break is over and Speaker Mabale-Huma now calls for nominations for the new executive mayor of Rustenburg municipality. Mpho Khunou is the ANC candidate and current outgoing mayor. Second nominee from F4SD is Malebane Metsing - both candidates have accepted their nominations.

19 Aug 13:29
The EFF requests a break to caucus.

19 Aug 13:21
Loud cheers and applause from ANC council members after their candidate wins.

19 Aug 13:19
Results of the re-vote have been counted and this time there seems to be a definite winner... ANC wins with 46 votes! Sheila Mabale-Huma is the new speaker in Rustenburg, and she takes her seat.

19 Aug 13:15

19 Aug 13:03

19 Aug 13:00

19 Aug 12:54

19 Aug 12:53

ANC caucus after the presiding officer requests a recount.

(Lizeka Tandwa/News24)


19 Aug 12:46
One vote was a spoilt ballot - presiding officer says one person voted for both candidates. EFF request a small break to caucus.

19 Aug 12:45
EFF councillors are asking for transparency while municipal officials caucus. It would appear there is a third pile for spoilt votes. Municipal officials have recounted votes, and the presiding officer gets ready to make the announcement... 44 votes for Sheila Mabale-Huma and 44 votes for Bosa Ledwaba. They are now recounting, once again.

19 Aug 12:42

Ballots being counted as two party observers keep a close eye on municipal officials.

(Lizeka Tandwa/News24)


19 Aug 12:34

19 Aug 12:28

Rustenburg councillors line up to ensure their names have been ticked for the voting. 

(Lizeka Tandwa/News24)


19 Aug 12:25

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19 Aug 12:13
The EFF have disrupted the presiding officer again. Arguing that they want another officer, not the municipality, handling votes.

19 Aug 12:10
Voting done, and the DA requests that after voting, when counting, they allow party observers. Presiding officer says it's not an indecent proposal. Votes counted in front of councillor to prove there are 89 in total.

19 Aug 12:08

19 Aug 12:00

EFF proposes to go with a show of hands rather than a secret ballot to vote, but the presiding officer says the process should be done by secret ballot. EFF councillor insists this has been done before, but the presiding officer does not budge.

"I am requesting that we respect time and we accept this decision the presiding officer has given," says Johannes Motshwane.


19 Aug 11:56
Sheila Mabale-Huma nominated by the ANC and Bosa Ledwaba also nominated and voted for by the EFF. Ledwaba is from the F4SD. Votes incoming - councillors given five minutes to vote. It is becoming more apparent that smaller parties have agreed to vote against the ANC. 

19 Aug 11:49
After all the delays, it's finally time for speaker votes, as the presiding judge calls for nominations by show of hands. ANC councillors take majority in nominations. No one in EFF is nominating. Two DA councillors take nomination forms.

19 Aug 11:45

Chaos at Rustenburg council meeting

Drama and pandemonium erupted at the Rustenburg Civic Centre on Friday, where the first sitting of council was taking place.

An ANC supporter was assaulted by EFF supporters who were trying to bar the ANC from the hall where the public was meant to observe the proceedings. 


19 Aug 11:40
The presiding judge, Chief Magistrate Rampe, is still swearing in new councillors, but it seems as if all the oaths and affirmations are nearing their conclusion. Still to come, voting for the new mayor and speaker.

19 Aug 11:33

19 Aug 11:32
The mayor will be voted for, and things could still take an interesting turn at the Rustenburg council sitting. ANC still hold majority with 43 seats, and should smaller parties form a coalition they would make up 46 altogether.

19 Aug 11:22

19 Aug 11:20

EFF SG Godrich Gardhee in attendance at the Rustenburg council sitting. 

(Lizeka Tandwa/News24)


19 Aug 11:14

19 Aug 11:07

The Rustenburg council proceedings in session.

(Lizeka Tandwa/News24)


19 Aug 11:03

A visual breakdown of how things currently stand in Rustenburg. The Botho Community Movement (BCM) could prove to be the swing vote in any coalition negotiations. 


19 Aug 10:56

The hall is packed with EFF supporters while ANC supporters are trying to force their way inside.

(Lizeka Tandwa/News24)


19 Aug 10:50

19 Aug 10:48

Hundreds of ANC members are singing outside the hall and they are demanding they be let in by the police.

Police have locked the doors because of overcrowding.

(Lizeka Tandwa/News24)

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