ANC's Mabale-Huma elected Rustenburg speaker in drama-filled sitting

2016-08-20 11:40

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Rustenburg - In a dramatic first sitting of council in Rustenburg, ANC councillor Sheila Mabale-Huma was elected speaker of council after the votes had to be recounted. 

Mabale-Huma took her seat as council speaker saying that she would uphold the law of the house. 

Her announcement as speaker was followed by huge applause and ululation from ANC members. 

EFF council members asked Mabale-Huma for a short break after she was announced as speaker. 

The voting session was filled with drama and suspense after the first votes showed nominees Bosa Ledwaba from the Forum for Service Delivery and Mabale-Huma had each received 44 votes.

Presiding officer Johannes Motshwane announced that one vote had been spoilt because the councillor had voted for both nominees. 

The EFF had previously asked for council to vote with a show of hands instead of a secret ballot. This was refused by Motshwane. 

The votes were then recounted and Mabale-Huma was announced as he winner with 46 votes against Ledwaba's 43. 

Meanwhile outside the council chambers ANC supporters sang struggle songs in celebration and chanted 'Voestek Maimane's dogs'. 

ANC supporters had earlier clashed with police when they tried to force their way into a public viewing hall packed with EFF supporters. 

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