Election of new Joburg mayor pushed back to Friday

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Residents in the City of Johannesburg will have to wait until Friday for the election of a new mayor.

This after councillors failed to reach a consensus on the mayorship at a council sitting yesterday afternoon.

The city has been without a mayor following the resignation of Al Jama-ah’s Thapelo Amad last week.

Divisions and horse trading for positions continue to derail the Joburg City Council’s vote for Amad’s successor.

While some members of the ANC have confirmed their backing for Council Speaker, Colleen Makhubele, who is a Cope councillor – a few want AlJama-ah councillor, Kabelo Gwamanda as the next mayor.

The DA on the other hand says it’s ready to back Mpho Phalatse for the position. This despite calls from its coalition partners to vote in ActionSA caucus leader, Funzi Ngobeni, as the sixth mayor of the country’s economic hub since the 2021 local government elections.

YNews spoke with political analyst, Levy Ndou, who slammed the instability in the city and other metros in the province.

Ndou says the jostling for power paints a picture of politicians who are self-centered and have no regard for service delivery.

Written by: Lindiwe Mabena

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