EFF Western Cape provincial secretary Melikhaya Xego at the IEC results centre last week (Jenni Evans, News24)
Cape Town - The EFF is looking forward to its first foray into local government when the City of Cape Town's new council is inaugurated on Thursday.
“We are the voice of the voiceless,” Economic Freedom Fighters' provincial secretary Melikhaya Xego said.
“We are looking forward to ensuring there is transformation in the Western Cape.”
The councillors-in-waiting were taken through their paces on Wednesday for the inauguration process and were ready for the ceremony at 10:00 on Thursday.
Xego and his fellow councillors were told the dress code is “professional”.
Asked whether he and the party's six other councillors would wear the red overalls and safety helmets that had become the party's trademark in Parliament, he said they would reveal their dress code on Thursday.
The City of Cape Town's inauguration was able to take place quickly after last week's municipal elections showed a clear majority for the DA, which got 66.61% of the votes and 154 of the seats.
There was none of the strategising of the past, where it had to slowly prise control of the city from the ANC. It did not have to go through the tense negotiations for coalitions taking place in the metros of Tshwane and Johannesburg.
In line with being the majority party party in the Cape Town council, the DA's Patricia de Lille was expected to be elected as executive mayor again. The executive deputy speaker and the speaker would also be elected.
The party increased its majority from 61.15% and 136 seats in the 2011 municipal elections.
The ANC followed with 24.36% (57 seats), a drop from the 33.17% (72 seats) in 2011. The EFF was third with seven seats, followed by the ACDP with three seats (1.21%, up from 1.06% in 2011). It had the same number of seats, due to the seat allocation formula.
Al Jama-ah got two seats (0.66%, up from 0.35% and one seat in 2011).
Parties that go one seat each are:
- African Independent Congress (first time the AIC contested the metro);
- FF Plus (0.41% of the vote, up from the 0.17% in 2011);
- Democratic Independent Party (first time the DI contested);
- UDM (0.26% of the vote, down from 0.38%);
- Cape Muslim Congress (0.26% of the vote, up from 0.25% in 2011);
- PAC (0.25%, of the vote, up from 0.18% in 2011);
- Cope (0.25%, of the vote, down from 1.13 in 2011, when it got three seats. It was left with one now).
- The Patriotic Alliance, whose slogan was “Jou ding moet pyn” (Your thing must hurt), contested for the first time, and won one seat.
The National Party and the African Muslim Party lost their seats.