Will the DA take Johannesburg?

By admin
22 August 2016

Unless the ANC can pull a rabbit out of the hat in Johannesburg this today, the City of Gold will be under DA control by the end of the day.

Unless the ANC can pull a rabbit out of the hat in Johannesburg today, the City of Gold will be under DA control by the end of the day. The first meeting of the Johannesburg metro council after the recent elections started at 10:00 in the city’s civic centre in Braamfontein where a new mayor, speaker and chief whip will be elected.

The DA, like the metro councils of Tshwane (Pretoria) and Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth), is the favourite to take over the mayoral position. But it won’t be able to do it without the EFF’s support.

This is the way things stand at the moment:

  • There are 270 seats in the metro council, and the mayor needs 50% plus one to be able to convene a mayoral committee, so 135 votes plus one.
  • The ANC is the majority party with 121 seats but that’s not sufficient for it to govern on its own.
  • The DA has 104 seats and will be able to govern if the EFF stands by its promise to give the party 30 seats.
  • Other parties the DA can count on for support include the UDM (1), VF+ (1), ACDP (1) and the IVP (5);
  • The city manager will handle the election of the speaker, after which the new speaker will handle the election of the mayor and chief whip.

Vasco da Gama, the DA’s caucus leader, says the party has worked hard to limit the ANC to less than 50% support. “We are very excited about what’s going to happen and believe we will take the city if everyone sticks to the agreement.”

The DA’s first three tasks will be to sort out CityPower, Pikitup and municipal accounts.

“We must show we can govern immediately,” Da Gama told YOU.

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