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Joburg should wait till Thursday to see if it has a brand new mayor



  • The vote of no confidence within the Johannesburg mayor shall be heard on Thursday.
  • The ninth extra-ordinary sitting of the council runs over two days and started on Wednesday.
  • On the agenda was the vote on the R2 billion short-term mortgage, and the motions to oust the mayor.

Joburg residents should wait till Thursday to listen to if they’ve a brand new mayor.

The ninth extra-ordinary sitting of the council, which started on Wednesday, runs over two days.

There have been two huge gadgets on the agenda: The council vote on the proposed R2 billion short-term mortgage and the motions of no confidence in Mayor Mpho Phalatse.

The Improvement Financial institution of Southern Africa (DBSA) mortgage didn’t cross on Wednesday.

The council managed to get by a lot of the agenda and can proceed with the programme on Thursday, beginning early with the primary movement of no confidence in Phalatse.

READ | Proposed R2bn development bank loan again denied in Joburg council

The primary movement was proposed by Margaret Arnolds of the AIC and was seconded by Thapelo Amad of Al Jama-ah.

The second movement of no confidence within the mayor was proposed by Lubabalo Magwentshu of ATM, and seconded by PAC councillor Tebogo Nkokou.

For a lot of the day, the hall discuss was that each motions could be scrapped as a result of the EFF wouldn’t vote with the ANC.

This was after the choice by EFF chief Julius Malema who, two weeks in the past, mentioned the get together would vote in defence of the DA in Johannesburg till the ANC agreed to again the EFF in Ekurhuleni.

The choice was taken as a result of the ANC and EFF disagreed on who ought to govern in Ekurhuleni after the DA mayor, Tania Campbell, was axed in a movement of no confidence final month.

Campbell was reinstated following a vote within the council due to this disagreement between the EFF and the ANC.

By late afternoon, the opposition events within the Johannesburg council appeared to be caucusing with one another. 

If the EFF decides to vote with ANC, the opposition events may have the bulk vote, and Phalatse will seemingly be axed.

Councillors speculate that if the opposition events win, they could put a minority get together chief as mayor to make up for what occurred in Ekurhuleni. 

In the meantime, Finance MMC Julie Suddaby mentioned she was dissatisfied that the council had rejected the R2 billion mortgage. 

“The no vote for a second time dissatisfied me. It’s shortsighted, particularly because the MPG [Market Practitioners Group] had clearly proven it was a standard enterprise choice to help the town’s money stream presently. 

“This motion confirms that the ANC and the minority get together coalition do not have the residents and companies of Joburg on the centre of their decision-making. It isn’t the residents of the town that the opposition seats served in council at this time.”

A complete of 137 councillors rejected the appliance and 130 councillors voted in favour. 

In the meantime Sinovuyo Mpakama, the Metropolis of Johannesburg’s appearing group CFO, mentioned: “We’re conscious that there’s big concern about salaries, and I want to guarantee the workers that salaries for November and December are lined regardless of the no vote.” 


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