Explainer: How the EFF could be Mashaba's saving grace or his downfall

Explainer: How the EFF could be Mashaba's saving grace or his downfall

- The ANC will table its motion of no confidence against Herman Mashaba on Thursday

- The party claims to have enough votes to oust the mayor

- If Mashaba is to remain in office, he will need the support of the EFF

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Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba is set to face a vote of no confidence on Thursday.

The ANC wishes to remove him from office, as they claim that the metro has gone bankrupt and that corruption has flourished during his tenure.

Mashaba's future may now depend on the EFF. If they vote with the ANC or abstain, the motion will be successful.

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Julius Malema has said previously that the EFF will no longer vote with the DA, Briefly.co.za has gathered. If Malema sticks to his word, Mashaba will likely be booted from office.

Additionally, the ANC has expressed confidence that their motion will be passed. According to The Citizen, the ANC claims that 145 councillors have already agreed to vote with them. This is 9 more than is needed for the motion to pass muster. Indeed, News24 has reported that the ANC has been engaged in significant horse-trading and deal-making to ensure that they receive the required votes, even without the EFF's help.

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While Mashaba himself has declined to comment on the vote, the DA has come out swinging on his behalf. DA leader Mmusi Maimane, for example, has slammed the ANC's attempt to oust Mashaba. 

"No crime. No money stolen. I'm uncertain what the ANC is trying to achieve here," he said, according to eNCA.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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