The African National Congress (ANC) member, Mpho Khunou has been re-elected mayor of the Rustenburg Local Municipality at the first council meeting set to elect the speaker, whip, and the executive mayor.
Mpho Khunou emerged victorious at the meeting despite taunts, rants, and threats from opposition parties.
Recall that on Tuesday, EFF leader Julius Malema boasted that the ANC will never govern the platinum-rich city.
“No matter what happens this municipality [Rustenburg] will never fall in the hands of the ANC, this municipality will be in the hands of the people,” he said in Marikana.
The council meeting was earlier delayed following an altercation between members of the ANC and the EFF but the police later restored peace and calmness.
When the meeting finally resumed, ANC mayoral candidate victoriously clinched 46 votes while major opposition group- the Forum for Service Delivery’s (FSD) mayoral candidate Rocky Malebana-Metsing lost having gathered 43 votes.
Also, ANC’s Sheila Mabale-Huma was elected the speaker for the municipality – snatching the coveted council in the North West from the hands of opposition parties and sealing President Jacob Zuma’s past declaration that the ANC would rule in Rustenburg until Jesus comes.
With this defeat, the FSD now stands as the official opposition in Rustenburg despite hoping to take the mayor and speaker position and several other positions in the mayoral committee.
The ANC failed to win an outright majority in the municipality in the recent municipal election. The ruling party securing 43 seats out of 89 council seats.
The EFF won 24, DA 14, Forum 4 Service Delivery won four seats, while the Freedom Front Plus, African Independent Congress, United Democratic Movement and Both Community Movement (BCM) each won a seat.