‘Not all the votes are in the bag yet’, for DA’s mayoral candidate to become eThekwini mayor

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Nicole Graham, the DA's mayoral candidate in the eThekwini Municipality.
Nicole Graham, the DA's mayoral candidate in the eThekwini Municipality.
Thabiso Goba

The Democratic Alliance mayoral candidate in eThekwini Municipality, Nicole Graham, said on Wednesday that not all the votes are in the bag yet.

“We are not necessarily confident, we put our offer on the table that councillors in this council must decide whether they want to re-elect an ANC government that is going to continue the decline of the City or they want to vote for something different or change,” she said.

It’s round two in eThekwini Municipality for the battle of mayor.

The inaugural council meeting on Monday was postponed to Wednesday. According to the City, this was due to a power failure. 

The marquee at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, where Monday’s meeting was being held, was powered by generators and had two power outages in the day. 

However, opposition councillors believe that the ANC deliberately “collapsed” Monday’s meeting to prevent the election of the mayor and deputy mayor as they did not have the votes. 

The EFF, IFP and DA with a combined 98 seats have publicly declared their support for the DA’s Graham for mayor.

The ANC, with 96 seats, will be putting up Mxolisi Kaunda as their mayoral candidate. 

The full council consists of 222 seats. A candidate would need an upwards of 112 votes for a win. 

It is clear that whichever party convinces the smaller parties and independent candidates will be the winner of the day. 

Mayoral hopeful, Graham, told The Witness on Wednesday that the votes were not in the bag.

“The reason the ANC collapsed the meeting on Monday is because they wanted time to negotiate, make promises and pass around a bit of cash and see who will fall,” she said.

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