Delay in electing Mashaba's replacement: Councillors bicker over votes

Delay in electing Mashaba's replacement: Councillors bicker over votes

- The election to decide who will lead Johannesburg as mayor has been postponed

- The high-stakes situation took a turn for the worst when a disagreement broke out over how votes would be tallied

- With the three main political parties eager to get their hands on the coveted metro, the situation was bound to go south

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The Democratic Alliance, Economic Freedom Fighters and African National Congress are all racing to have their candidate elected as the new mayor of Joburg.

The Citizen reports that the election had meant to take place on Thursday, but was postponed over a disagreement.

With only 269 out of 270 councillors in attendance, an argument had broken out over how the votes would be calculated.

Speaker Vasco Gama conceded that legal advice was necessary following the spat, adjourning the sitting until a way forward could be found.

READ ALSO: Herman Mashaba thanks Joburg for support: Last day as city's mayor gathered that eyebrows were raised when ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule was seen in discussion with the EFF's deputy president, Floyd Shivambu.

PowerFM reports that Magashule revealed he had rejected the EFF's demand to remove their mayoral candidate, Geoff Makhubo.

Makhubo is currently facing numerous charges including fraud, corruption, money laundering and racketeering, placed against him by former mayor Herman Mashaba.

Nevertheless, the ruling party had seemed convinced of their chances, arriving in chambers singing and dancing.

Meanwhile, Mashaba says he is gearing up for a well-deserved rest after managing a seven-party coalition for the past three years.

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