WRAP | Tshwane special council meeting collapses as ANC, EFF stage walk out

2020-01-16 10:21

After a morning session characterised by a war of words between the Speaker, the ANC and EFF councillors, the afternoon session had barely begun when members of the two opposition parties staged a walkout, triggering a collapse of proceedings.


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16 Jan 16:18

The sequence of the motions were important to the ANC and EFF as the motion against Mathebe was last on the list, meaning she could preside over the motions against the mayor, the acting speaker and the chair of chairs given that the speaker has blocked motions before on technicalities. 

Practically, both the ANC and EFF would want the speakers motion to be heard first in order to get another acting speaker elected to hear the motions, with a greater prospect of success - @AlexMitchely (Twitter). 

16 Jan 16:06
In a nutshell, the ANC and EFF wanted their own speaker to preside over all the motions. They also wanted to decide the sequence of the motion. The speaker stonewalled them on both counts - @AlexMitchley (Twitter).

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@AlexMitchley, inside the Tshwane Council chamber notes: "The speaker could have easily given into the to EFF and ANC request to determine the sequence of the motions, she however would not bend.  The sequence of the motions was important for the ANC and EFF to determine who would preside over the motions."

16 Jan 15:57
This brings an end to this special meeting. The ANC and EFF were never going to allow the motions to go forward until they have the their own acting speaker in place. This is what the arguments have been about today - @AlexMitchley (Twitter).

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More chaotic scenes inside council chambers.

ANC and EFF members have dared the Speaker to call in bouncers to remove them.

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Afternoon proceedings much of a muchness to morning session

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Maepa claims he's been told that the Speaker's office "organised 80 bouncers outside council" to keep an eye on proceedings.

This, Maepa says, is despite there being metro police officials on duty for council meetings. 

16 Jan 12:19

ANC's Tshwane Chairperson Dr Kgosi Maepa addresses media during the break. He says Speaker Mathebe cannot preside over a motion against her.

"We (the petitioners) called the meeting. We need to tell her what the meeting is about. We want to advise the Speaker on how to proceed with the meeting, but she wants to hear none of that," Maepa says.

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The same debate which started over an hour ago over the sequence of motions continues inside the Tshwane Council chambers.

Council members have made it clear they want the motion of no confidence in teh Speaker to be first, while, unsurprisingly, Mathebe wants it last.

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Chaos continues at the meeting as different councillors take turns in shouting at the speaker demanding that they be allowed to speak.

Mathebe threatens to remove unruly members - @AlexMitchley (Twitter).

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Recap of Gauteng Cogta MEC Lebogang Maile's stern warning yesterday:

Maile, who has kept a keen eye on Tshwane, on Wednesday revealed that he intended to intervene in the City, citing that the DA administration had produced bad governance and poor service delivery records.

While Maile agreed the speaker should recuse herself as there was a motion against her, he said Mathebe must facilitate the process of appointing the person who would relieve her.

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The business of the day is yet to be touched on as EFF and ANC councillors stall proceedings, calling for Speaker Katlego Mathebe to recuse herself. 

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The opening minutes of the sitting have seen EFF and ANC council members calling for Speaker Mathebe to recuse herself.

Chants of "witch, witch" can be heard.

The ANC have warned the Speaker that they are giving her notice she will be removed. 

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"There is a lot of back and forth between the ANC, EFF and the speaker.

"They are arguing on the rules and orders in terms of who decides the sequence of the items of the meeting" - @AlexMitchley (Twitter).

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On the one hand, the ANC charges:"We will not allow you to continue with this meeting until you acknowledge us".

They claim this is their meeting.

On the other hand, the EFF argue that Speaker Mathebe "is conflicted" and therefore cannot preside over the sitting. 

16 Jan 10:27

A bit of drama inside the Tshwane Council chambers as Speaker Katlego Mathebe not being allowed to speak, with the EFF and ANC members chief instigators of the commotion. 

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ANALYSIS | ANC and EFF need to follow due process with a little strategic flair to unseat Mokgalapa

The ANC and EFF in Tshwane will have a third bite at the cherry when they try to unseat DA mayor Stevens Mokgalapa on Thursday and, with their hand revealed, the parties will have to follow a democratic process with a little strategic flair to ensure the motion of no confidence succeeds.

In November 2019 it became apparent that the ANC and EFF entered into an agreement to unseat Mokgalapa, and by extension the DA, in the capital city.

16 Jan 10:22

Tshwane speaker must run council smoothly or face expulsion - Maile

Gauteng Cogta MEC Lebogang Maile has issued a stern warning to Tshwane Speaker Katlego Mathebe, threatening to expel her should the special council meeting plunge into chaos.

The Tshwane council is expected to vote on motions against the DA-led administration on Thursday after the ANC and EFF petitioned for the removal of the speaker, mayor and MMCs.

This is the third time in two months the City will debate the motions. The first motion, which saw the removal of DA mayor Stevens Mokgalapa, was suspended by the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria after the DA challenged its validity.

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