Ekurhuleni first council meeting is currently underway in Germiston as 224 councilors took their oath of office.
Excited about the event is the ruling African National Congress which is set to govern the municipality after entering into coalition with smaller party, the African Independent Congress (AIC), to gain the majority in the municipality.
The ruling party got 109 seats during the August 3 local government elections, but needed 113 to govern. It will therefore be battling it out with DA’s Shadow Shabangu who is also patiently waiting for the nomination result.
The Democratic Alliance had, prior to this time, challenged all opposition parties in Ekurhuleni by rallying round the party to unseat the African National Congress from power.
“Together we can deliver quality government to Ekurhuleni,” DA Ekurhuleni mayoral candidate Ghaleb Cachalia said in a statement.
“We welcome the direct and public support of the EFF [Economic Freedom Fighters] and other coalition partners with whom we share our premier goal to unseat the ANC from places of power and government, in order to be able stop corruption and improve service delivery.”
However, BuzzSouthAfrica noted that the streets of Ekurhuleni municipality is largely dominated by the green and yellow colors of the ruling party.
Report also has it that the council meeting proceeded without incident, as voting for the new speaker is underway.
The AIC obtained four seats, 77 went to the DA while the EFF clinched 25 seats. The Inkatha Freedom Party and the Freedom Front Plus obtained two seats each.
The rest of the seats went to the Congress of the People (Cope) and the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDA) and the Independent Ratepayers Association, all got one seat each.
For the DA to unseat the ANC in Ekurhuleni, they would need the support and vote of nearly all of the remaining parties to obtain 11 of the remaining 13 seats.
The African Independent Congress has 4 seats, Inkatha Freedom Party and Freedom Front Plus has 2, Congress of the People, Pan Africanist Congress, Progressive Alliance SA, African Christian Democratic Party, and Independent Ratepayers’ Association of SA (one each) summing up to thirteen seats in all.
The ANC on the other hand has acquired 113 seats after going into coalition with AIC. Hence, if the ANC governs the municipality it will be headed by trade and industry department deputy minister Mzwandile Masina, who will become its mayor.