- The ANC has withdrawn its motion of no confidence against Herman Mashaba
- This comes after the ANC had claimed to have enough votes to oust the mayor
- Additionally, during the council meeting, the ANC crowned Mashaba as an "EFF mayor"
The ANC has withdrawn its motion of no confidence against Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba.
The vote on the motion was meant to take place on Thursday.
The party says that will be putting the motion forward once again at the next council meeting.
The ANC had claimed earlier it was confident that its motion would be successful, Briefly.co.za has gathered. The party said that it had enough councillors on its side to meet the threshold needed for the motion to pass, regardless of how the EFF voted, according to The Citizen.
Indeed, it seemed likely that Mashaba would be ousted, as the ANC motion would have been passed if the EFF had sided with them or even if the party had abstained. This seemed almost guaranteed, as Julius Malema had promised that the Red Berets would never again vote with the DA.
However, before the motion was set to be tabled, an ANC councillor gifted Mashaba some EFF regalia and crowned him an "EFF mayor", The South African has reported.
If nothing else, the day's proceedings highlight the precariousness of the balance of power in Johannesburg. While Mashaba has lived to see another day as mayor, he was forced to sit through a council meeting where he was essentially at the mercy of opposition councillors.
It remains to be seen if he will be so lucky when the ANC tables its motion once again.
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