Democratic Alliance (DA) councillor Marlene van Staden has been re-elected Mayor of the Modimolle-Mookgophong hung Municipality in Limpopo through the flipping of a coin.

The council considered the toss of a coin to determine the Mayor after voting ended in a tie for the fifth time.

The African National Congress (ANC) has 14 seats and the opposition parties, Democratic Alliance (DA), Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and FF Plus also have 14 seats combined.

The council sitting is continuing as the election of the chief whip gets underway.

On Monday, the ANC’s Sinah Langa was elected as the new Speaker after she obtained 15 votes to beat the DA’s Dingaan Motshwene who got 13 votes.

Previous disruptions 

The first council sitting collapsed after 14 ANC councillors failed to attend it, resulting in the meeting failing to form a quorum.

The second sitting was postponed after the voting of the speaker ended in a stalemate.

The third one was postponed following a disruption by ANC councillors. They disrupted the meeting after the voting of the speaker ended in a stalemate for the second time.

Following the collapse of the third council meeting, presiding officer of Modimolle-Mookgophong council, Shepherd Mhlanga, said he would seek the advice of the co-operative governance MEC on a way forward in the election of office-bearers: