Johannesburg Mayor: Vasco da G

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Johannesburg Mayor: Vasco da Gama ordered to hold meeting ahead of vote

Lebogang Maile has instructed Johannesburg speaker Vasco da Gama to convene a meeting with all parties ahead of Johannesburg Mayor vote

Johannesburg Mayor: Vasco da G

Image via Twitter: Vasco Da Gama

Gauteng MEC for co-operative governance‚ human settlements and urban planning Lebogang Maile has instructed Johannesburg speaker, Vasco da Gama to hold a meeting with all parties ahead of their vote for Johannesburg Mayor. 

The city council is due to meet to elect a new mayor on Wednesday 4 December 2019‚ after Herman Mashaba’s resignation on 21 October 2019. 

Preparations for Johannesburg Mayor vote

According to SowetanLive, Maile’s instruction comes after Da Gama postponed a council meeting last week to get a second legal opinion on what constitutes a majority vote. 

“To obviate a reoccurrence of the last council meeting‚ you are kindly advised that‚ as the chairperson of the council‚ you should have an audience with the whips of all parties represented‚ as well as the rules committee‚ before the actual council meeting.

“The purpose is to create convergence and achieve consensus on the conduct of the forthcoming council proceedings. In addition‚ I further advise that the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) be invited to the forthcoming council meeting to observe and provide counsel when necessary‚” said Maile.

“As the MEC responsible for local government in Gauteng‚ the current state of affairs is of grave concern to me‚ and no doubt to the residents of the city. The foregoing is consistent with the letter I wrote to you on November 29 2019‚” added Maile.

Here’s the candidates for Johannesburg Mayor 

  • DA: Funzela Ngobeni – Touted as “Mashaba 2.0”, the Finance MMC and Regional Chairman has the experience.
  • EFF: Musi Novela – Served as the party’s Johannesburg leader for the last six years, and holds two diplomas.
  • ANC: Geoff Makhubo – The former treasurer of Johannesburg is the party’s front-runner.

EFF denied DA support 

The EFF called on all councillors of Johannesburg and political parties to support their candidate for the position of executive mayor of Johannesburg. 

According to the HeraldLive, James Selfe, who leads the negotiations to keep the government intact, said his party would not support the EFF’s bid to take over Johannesburg. Instead, the DA would push for Ngobeni’s election.

“Having consulted our coalition parties, namely the IFP, ACDP, Cope and FF+, we are confident that when the various caucuses toe their party lines, the EFF candidate will fall out, leaving the DA and ANC candidates,” said Selfe.