CAPE TOWN More sun than clouds. Mild.

7 day
  • Friday 13-19°c Morning clouds. Mild. Morning clouds. Mild.
    Saturday 12-20°c Morning clouds. Mild. Morning clouds. Mild.
    Sunday 13-20°c Morning clouds. Mild. Morning clouds. Mild.
    Monday 14-19°c Rain late. More sun than clouds. Mild. Rain late. More sun than clouds. Mild.
    Tuesday 15-18°c Rain showers. More sun than clouds. Mild. Rain showers. More sun than clouds. Mild.
    Wednesday 13-15°c Thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy. Cool. Thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy. Cool.
More News

Singing, dancing at peaceful Ekurhuleni council meeting

2016-08-23 11:56
Ekurhuleni Council Chamber
Ekurhuleni Council Chamber. (City of Ekurhuleni via Twitter)

Johannesburg - Ekurhuleni's first council meeting, where a new mayor and speaker are expected to be elected, proceeded smoothly on Tuesday, marked by joyous singing and dancing.

- Follow the Live Update.

Hundreds of party supporters, in their respective colours, sang struggle songs at viewing areas outside the council chambers on Gauteng's East Rand.

As it stands, the ANC holds 109 seats, the DA 77 seats and the EFF 25.

In attendance was ANC outgoing Ekurhuleni Mayor Mondli Gungubele, seated next to ANC provincial executive member Hope Papo and controversial Patriotic Alliance (PA) leader Gayton Mckenzie.

DA mayoral candidate Ghaleb Cachalia earlier told News24 that the party was hoping to form a coalition with smaller parties to govern the municipality.

There are 224 council seats in Ekurhuleni, meaning that 113 votes provide a majority to elect the local government.

"Neither one of us [the ANC or DA] can form a majority local government as it stands," said Cachalia.

Opposition parties the DA was appealing to during coalition talks included the African Independent Congress, which holds 4 seats, the IFP and FF Plus, which each hold 2 seats, and Cope, PAC, PA, ACDP and the Independent Ratepayers Association of Southern Africa, which all hold one seat each.

More In This Category
IEC announces by-election date

The IEC has announced a date for municipal ward by-elections.

ANC Limpopo urges party to rebuild, dismisses early conference talk

The ANC in Limpopo has vowed to reform itself and has urged branches to focus on rebuilding instead of holding an early special conference or consultative conference.

3 more arrests for slain DA councillor, partner

Three more people have appeared in court in connection with the murders of DA councillor Johannes Baatjies and his business partner, the Northern Cape Hawks have said.

ANC 'colluding' MEC in hung councils hits back at IFP

KwaZulu-Natal Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube has hit back at the Inkatha Freedom Party which has accused her of working with the ANC to stall processes in hung municipalities.

News24 |   OLX  |  PROPERTY24  |  CAREERS24  |  SPREE  |  AUTOTRADER  |