Randall Williams announced as new mayor of Tshwane

The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) Randall Williams has been elected executive mayor of the City of Tshwane on Friday 30 October 2020.

The councilor served as a MMC for economic development and spatial planning before the dissolution of the council. Williams received 97 votes with the Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) regional leader MoAfrika Mabongwane receiving 25.

Today was the first sitting of the council in over eight months. In a surprise move the ANC opted to abstain from the process to elect a new executive mayor.  The party didn’t nominate a candidate. Divisions within the ANC party have become quite apparent with ANC regional Kgosi Maepa raising his voice at councilors today maintaining that they would not vote with any party.

ANC Top 6 member Paul Mashatile was present to observe proceedings. According to sources there are serious divisions in the region. It seems some councillors have had difficulty with not drawing a salary after the dissolution of the council. The councillors were divided on the decision to dissolve the council and bring in administrators to run the city. The EFF’s Marshal Dlamini was also present to observe proceedings.

The ANC has one legal matter pending in the Constitutional Court. The party, along with the Gauteng provincial government petitioned the Apex court after the lower courts set aside the decision to dissolve the Tshwane City Council in terms of Section (139(c). On Tuesday 27 October the Supreme court of appeal dismissed the application brought by the provincial executive to suspend the order granted in June, pending the Constitutional court outcome.

The Apex court will decide whether the provincial government had satisfied itself objectively that the council had failed to execute it duties and therefore placing it under administration.

On 10 March 2020 the provincial executive council resolved to dissolve the City of Tshwane municipal council after several council sittings collapsed.  The Gauteng government placed the city under Section 139(c) Administration. Government argued that the municipality’s inability to convene and take important service delivery decisions on behalf of the residents of Tshwane warranted the councils dissolution.

The City has been without a mayor since the resignation of Stevens Mokgalapa. Mokgalapa resigned after an audio clip of him and member of the mayoral committee for Roads and Transport Sheila Senkubuge emerged. The pair can be heard in the audio speaking ill of their colleagues in the DA  and thereafter what sound like an intimate sexual moment.

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