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The new council of the City of Tshwane had an eventful first meeting. Solly Msimanga of the DA was elected mayor while the ANC got used to their place at the opposition table.
They will now all pose for a group photo and then have lunch.
The meeting is concluded.
The meeting is now reaching its conclusion.
The speaker thanks everybody for attending the meeting.
She is interrupted again.
DA member gets a chance.
"History will smile on this day," she says.
EFF member warns DA to make sure they set the example to ensure there is no more racism and white supremacy.
"We supported you, but we are not part of you."
It is the EFF's turn.
"Today is a beautiful day," the mayor says.
He congratulates the speaker and mayor.
Says he believes the people won't suffer anymore. The party will make sure services are delivered.
People need land, he says.
ANC members heckle him.
People have suffered under the ANC, he says.
Cope is up.
The party is happy that the will of the people has happened, the member says.
He says Cope wishes for the city to move forward and wish the mayor all the best.
The ACDP is now at the podium.
Congratulates the mayor and speaker.
"We want to work as a multi-party team."
FF Plus is next.
Congratulates all councillors and wish all good health, wisdom and energy to serve the people.
Pray guidance from god for the new mayor.
PAC is next.
Congratulates the speaker and the executive mayor.
Also, congratulates everyone who was involved in the democratic process.
Sets out what the party would like to see.
ANC member Mapiti refers to stolen land. Sounds very much like EFF.
His allotted three minutes are up.
ANC is first up. No words of congratulations.
Reminds the new mayor that the DA did not get an outright win in the metro.
Speech is done.
Parties in council now get to say their congratulations.
"We will give the city a new look at feel."
The residents of the city are it's VIP's, he says.
"When President Jacob Zuma comes in there won't be blue lights."
Msimanga says they are not naive of the challenges that lie ahead.
He says they know about the backlog of houses and the young people who have lost their jobs in the last 5 years.
Msimanga says the ANC's heckling is proof of why the city has failed.
He says they will make sure that there are no overnight millionaires. The city is almost bankrupt.
Speaker says she has councillors to be unruly so that the country can see what kind of people they are.
"I will not kick you out because I want you to hear what the executive mayor has to say."
The booing continues.
Msimanga says: "We will ensure our people get the services they deserve."
"The people have decided which direction the city must take."
Msimanga restarts his speech but members keep shouting.
He warns the ANC members not to be sore losers and to be humble.
Msimanga speech has been stopped. He stands there listening and looking at floor.#Tshwane pic.twitter.com/mlIgUWXYxX— Lirandzu Themba (@LirandzuThemba) August 19, 2016
Msimanga speech has been stopped. He stands there listening and looking at floor.#Tshwane pic.twitter.com/mlIgUWXYxX
#Tshwane EFF holding up posters that say "Power is gone" "Jesus is here" "Criminals out".MV— Jacaranda News (@JacaNews) August 19, 2016
#Tshwane EFF holding up posters that say "Power is gone" "Jesus is here" "Criminals out".MV
#Tshwane caucus sings in seSotho:When you see a black man voting for a white man, you know they are crazy.— Sam Mkokeli (@msmkokeli) August 19, 2016
#Tshwane caucus sings in seSotho:When you see a black man voting for a white man, you know they are crazy.
"We started this a year ago and when we did door to door," he says and then the ANC starts singing again.
The Speaker tries to restore order but they sing on.
EFF members say the ANC members must leave.
Someone says "no more tenders in Tshwane".
The speaker asks for other nominations for the position.
None received so Van Den Heever is elected unopposed as whip.
Christian Van Den Heever accepts the nomination.
Zweli Khumalo nominates Christian Van Der Heever (DA) for the position of chief whip.
The nomination was seconded.
The house becomes unruly again.
No other nominations received.
Solly Msimanga (DA) is elected as the new executive mayor of Tshwane.
Council members chant "Jesus, Jesus, Jesus" in reference to President Jacob Zuma saying the ANC will rule until Jesus comes.
Picture: City Press (File)
Nominations open for the position of mayor.
Solly Msimanga (DA) is nominated as mayor. People cheer and clap.
Nomination is seconded.
Calm returns to the chamber. Rachel Mathebe asks for order.
She thanks people for electing her to be the speaker.
Before handing over the meeting to the new speaker, Ngobeni announces that his employment ends at the end of the month and that he will hand in his resignation letter to the new mayor.
He wishes Tshwane well and calls the new speaker to take the podium.
Rachel Mathebe (DA) has been nominated by her party as speaker.
The nomination is seconded.
She accepts the nomination.
Auditing firm KPMG has been tasked with verification of the results of nomination of speaker. #Tshwane— Lirandzu Themba (@LirandzuThemba) August 19, 2016
Auditing firm KPMG has been tasked with verification of the results of nomination of speaker. #Tshwane
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