As it happened: ANC wins Ekurhuleni municipality mayoral race

2016-08-23 15:30

The ANC's Mzwandile Masina has won the Ekurhuleni mayoral race and snatched victory from the DA's Ghaleb Cachalia.

Ekurhuleni Council Chamber

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23 Aug 16:48

23 Aug 16:48
IEC announces free, fair, transparent elections. 224 total votes, one spoilt. ANC's Mzwandile Masina elected mayor

23 Aug 16:45
Speaker calls for order to announce the result

23 Aug 16:42
ANC councillors now singing in response

23 Aug 16:31

23 Aug 16:26
Officials crowd the counting table, five minute body break given and EFF members sing

23 Aug 16:22
Applause as voting ends, and IEC booths disassembled

23 Aug 16:20
Voting complete, now to begin the counting process

23 Aug 16:12

23 Aug 15:59
The rest of the Ekurhuleni councillors are now being called up one by one to cast their vote for executive mayor. This time, the index finger will be marked to indicate that they have cast their vote, as the thumb was used for the earlier vote for the new speaker.

23 Aug 15:56
First voter is mayoral candidate Mzwandile Masina of the ANC.

23 Aug 15:54
Finally, the IEC official now declares voting open. The voting procedure for the new executive mayor of Ekurhuleni will soon commence.

23 Aug 15:53

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Proceedings move on. DA councillor Campbell nominates the DA's Ghaleb Cachalia for mayor, which is seconded by councillor Da Silva. Cachalia accepts the nomination.

Speaker says a secret ballot will take place since there is more than one nominee, and calls for a quick recess for the IEC to set up ballot boxes for voting. The vote for Ekurhuleni executive mayor is up next.

23 Aug 15:22

An ANC councillor steps in and says he is not. Speaker Kumalo also adds he could not be sworn in as a councillor if he was still a member of parliament. Requests to move on.

"I will not entertain any debate councillor Cachalia," Speaker Kumalo says. 

Cachalia says the DA will launch a formal complaint. He says if the investigation proves Masina is still paid by the National Assembly, these proceedings will be considered null and void. 

23 Aug 15:19

Councillor Masina: "Comrade, I have tendered my resignation both as a member of parliament and as a member of the executive."

Councillor Cachalia insists on a definitive answer. 

23 Aug 15:16

Speaker says let us follow the process. "We are putting the cart before the horse." 

Councillor Nomadlozi Nkosi seconds the nomination and Masina accepts. 

Councillor Cachalia however would like Masina to definitively state whether he is currently under remunerative employment at the National Assembly. 

23 Aug 15:13

Nominations for mayoral candidates in Ekurhuleni have now come to the fore, and councillor Mahula nominates councillor Mzwandile Masina for mayor. Councillor Ghaleb Cachalia objects and says Masina is still a deputy minister and cannot be a candidate.

Speaker rejects this and ANC councillor says Masina resigned from his position in cabinet.

23 Aug 15:08
In other breaking news, the eThekwini mayoral election has just been decided, with the ANC's Zandile Gumede winning enough votes to be named as the municipality's new executive mayor.

23 Aug 15:04

23 Aug 15:02
Councillors are now being called back into the council chamber after the caucus break.

23 Aug 14:40
The EFF have requested a 10 minute caucus, and the new speaker has granted it. Councillors will now take a short break. 

23 Aug 14:32

All 224 councillors have voted and the results favour the ANC's Patricia Kumalo, who is now officially the new speaker of the Ekurhuleni municipality.

Kumalo received 117 votes and Shadow Shabangu received 106, with one spoilt ballot.

The ANC councillors in chamber break out in jubilant song after the announcement. Kumalo will now take over the rest of the proceedings. 

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IEC and party agents counting votes while the EFF and the DA sing. 

(Lizeka Tandwa/News24)

23 Aug 14:04

The EFF and the DA join together in song after the voting process for the new speaker is completed.

(Lizeka Tandwa/News24)

23 Aug 14:01

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Voting for the speaker officially closed and the ballot box was sealed in front of party agents.

23 Aug 13:50

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23 Aug 13:31

Voting for the new speaker underway in Ekurhuleni.

(Lizeka Tandwa/News24)

23 Aug 13:20
ANC councillors are now voting, as the vote for the speaker of council finally starts. Councillors called up one by one.

23 Aug 13:20

23 Aug 13:19
The IEC has declared the voting station open.

23 Aug 13:15

An ANC councillor says they can't be expected to carry identification when coming to council. He says for the purpose of transparency and fairness, they are using the IEC ballot. 

Provincial electoral councillor says the process is the province of presiding officer Manana Moloi. "Nowhere in the provision does it talk about a form of identification."

23 Aug 13:11

The EFF has challenged the presiding officer, and several party councillors have raised their hands on a point of order. The presiding officer called the provincial electoral councillors to rule on the verification debate. 

The DA and EFF are in agreement that all councillors should show identification when voting while the ANC feels this would be a waste of time.

23 Aug 13:06

Meanwhile, at the first eThekwini council meeting, the EFF has remained defiant and refused to sing 'Die Stem'.

Newcomers to the eThekwini Metro council, the Economic Freedom Fighters, sat down as soon as the "Die Stem" portion of the national anthem was sung on Tuesday.The eight members, who were expected to be sworn in during the inaugural council sitting at the Durban City Hall, sang along to the anthem until it got to the Afrikaans part.

23 Aug 13:03

23 Aug 12:57

23 Aug 12:55

The EFF has objected over a dispute about councillors' identities, and the DA argues that is exactly why it earlier questioned if the IEC will be requesting ID verification in the voting process.

The dispute arose over ANC councillor PL Nkosi having to clear up confusion about his initials - listed with IEC as BL Nkosi.

Councillors from the ANC, DA and the EFF are debating the use of an ID to vote for the speaker.

The ANC says there is no need to use ID books to vote while the EFF and the DA are insisting to ensure transparency. The ANC, referring to the DA, said "this is not the time of the dompass".

23 Aug 12:46

23 Aug 12:45

IEC voting ballot boxes have been erected in the middle of the council chambers, and voting for the new speaker will soon commence once all formalities are out of the way.

(Lizeka Tandwa/News24)

23 Aug 12:35

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The short break is over, and the council secretary is conducting another roll call to ensure all councillors are back in the chamber and present before the voting for speaker begins. The IEC will officiate the votes.

23 Aug 12:23

The ANC mayoral candidate in Ekurhuleni, Mzwandile Masina, with ANC Youth League president Collen Maine. 

(Lizeka Tandwa/News24)

23 Aug 12:17

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An ANC councillor says they all took an oath to abide by the law. "This oath says the election shall be a secret ballot. It does not say we have a choice."

Council Secretary Moloi reads out the legal procedures of voting again. She says she wants to rule on this issue tabled by the EFF, and she strongly dismisses the complaint by the EFF, as the council heads into the short break.

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