South Africa: Confusion and Chaos At City of Tshwane Council Meeting

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A meeting aimed at indicating what the future of the City of Tshwane Council would be turned into a heated war of words on Thursday. The key players were the EFF and the ANC, lined up against Speaker Katlego Mathebe and the DA. The battle ended with both the ANC and EFF walking out, forcing the speaker to postpone the motions of no confidence against Tshwane Mayor Steve Mokgalapa and his mayoral committee. Again.

Tensions ran high when parties entered the council chamber in Pretoria for the City of Tshwane's special council meeting on Thursday 16 January. The meeting was set to discuss the motions of no confidence against the DA-led City of Tshwane's Executive Mayor Steve Mokgalapa, Speaker Katlego Mathebe, acting Speaker Zweli Khumalo and Chair of Chairs Gert Pretorius.

The atmosphere worsened as the sitting began -- the agenda became a continuous point of order among council members from the EFF and ANC.

Mathebe had scheduled the motion of no confidence against herself to be last on the agenda. This did not sit well with the EFF and ANC, who said this was an abuse of power. They insisted she recuse herself and have the motion against her...

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