The voting process for the Speaker of the City of Johannesburg Council is under way this afternoon.
Vasco Da Gama of the Democratic Alliance (DA) has been nominated, while Sibongile Eunice Mgcina of the African National Congress (ANC) is also in the running for the position of Speaker.
It follows the official swearing-in of the 270 councillors representing the different political parties in the council on Monday morning.
City of Johannesburg’s inaugural sitting of Council for the 2021-2026 term of office is under way:
After the speaker is announced, the position of Chief Whip and that of the Deputy Mayor and the Mayor will be voted for later today.
DA Federal Council Chairperson, Helen Zille says they will be voting for what is best for the City of Johannesburg.
“The bottom line is we are professional, we are calm, we are rational. There have been many surprises in results throughout the whole country today, people voting in completely unexpected ways, the only party that will vote in a predictable way is the DA, we will vote for our candidate because that is what the voters expect us to do.”
Meanwhile the ANC has once again retained the leadership of the JB Marks local municipality in the North West, following the first sitting of the council, after the local government elections.
JB Marks is one of the three hung municipalities in the province.