South Africa: Political Wars Continue to Bedevil Mayor-Less Tshwane

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Yet another City of Tshwane council meeting collapsed on Thursday when both the ANC and EFF walked out after Speaker Katlego Mathebe refused to heed their requests and resign.

After all the confusion surrounding the future of the City of the Tshwane, the day had finally arrived where it was expected that a mayoral election would be held to determine who the new executive mayor would be.

But from the outset, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the African National Congress (ANC) were adamant that Speaker Katlego Mathebe needed to step down following allegations that she abuses her powers.

"I am not about to resign," Mathebe said. "I do not have a reason to resign."

The DA said this was a "delay tactic" by the EFF and ANC as they had "not come together yet" to decide the Tshwane mayoral candidates for their parties while the DA had already elected former MMC for Economic Development, Randall Williams, as their mayoral candidate.

"Now they are playing for more time," DA Gauteng Provincial Chairperson Mike Moriarty said, "and in the process are abusing residents and using them as political pawns."

However, the ANC argued that it was simply because they believe that...

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