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DA swoops back into Joburg council, but ANC bags key positions on committees

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Johannesburg executive mayor Mpho Phalatse speaks with media at the 8th ordinary sitting of council on Thursday.
Johannesburg executive mayor Mpho Phalatse speaks with media at the 8th ordinary sitting of council on Thursday.
Alex Patrick
  • Johannesburg Mayor Mpho Phalatse was back in council on Thursday where she witnessed the ANC wield their majority vote.
  • The ANC-led government voted to replace eight councillors voted out last week.
  • Councillor Themba Mhlongo left hospital to be voted in as Economic Development chair.

It may be the first day back in the seat for executive mayor Mpho Phalatse, but the ANC-led coalition still has the majority vote.

This was made apparent on Thursday in the voting in of eight councillors to replace those who were axed in motions of no confidence at the 11th extraordinary sitting of council last week.

On Tuesday the Johannesburg High Court found that Phalatse's removal in a motion of no confidence on 30 September was unlawful, unconstitutional and invalid. She was reinstated with the decisions made under the leadership of Dada Morero made illegitimate. 

READ | Mpho Phalatse is Joburg mayor - again

On Thursday the ANC-led parties had 138 votes to the DA-led coalitions 125 votes.

Voting in their favour, the ANC-led government has ensured it has the upper hand within the committees. 

The eight councillors voted in:

  • Section 79 Economic Development chairperson: Themba Mhlongo - AIC
  • Section 79 Corporate and Shared Services Department: Teffo Raphadu - ANC
  • Ethics and Discipline Committee chairperson: Mongameli Mnyameni - ANC
  • Finance chair: Loyiso Masuku - ANC
  • Section 79 Housing Committee chairperson: Moloko Mpolobosho - AIC
  • Section 79 Governance Oversite Committee chairperson: Thandiwe Nontenja - UDM
  • Section 79 Rules Committee chairperson Chair: Brenda Dammie - ANC
  • Transport Committee chairperson: Makhosazana Ndlela - ANC

Themba Mhlongo's position was moved to the top. After a harrowing hijacking ordeal this week, Mhlongo had to be brought in from hospital in order to accept the nomination for the vote. 


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