ANC scrapes together Nelson Mandela Bay coalition and takes mayor's chair

22 November 2021 - 13:50 By Yolanda Palezweni
The ANC managed to form a minority government on Monday, with the party taking the mayor's chair in Nelson Mandela Bay. File photo.
The ANC managed to form a minority government on Monday, with the party taking the mayor's chair in Nelson Mandela Bay. File photo.
Image: EUGENE COETZEE

The ANC managed to form a minority government on Monday, with the party taking the mayor’s chair in Nelson Mandela Bay.

The ANC fielded its councillor, Eugene Johnson, and she won with 60 votes.

Former Bay mayor and the DA’s mayoral candidate Nqaba Bhanga received 59 votes.

The ANC's Eugene Johnson.
The ANC's Eugene Johnson.
Image: Supplied

Only 119 councillors voted, as DA MPL Retief Odendaal — listed as a PR candidate councillor on the IEC list — was absent.

Johnson was voted in with the help of a bloc comprising GOOD, AIM, the UDM, DOP, Northern Alliance and PAC.

The bloc has a combined 10 seats in the council while the ANC has 48.

The Patriotic Alliance has two seats and has partnered with the ANC nationally.

Earlier, the Northern Alliance managed to secure the speaker’s chair. The party’s president, Gary van Niekerk, took his seat on stage after receiving 60 votes.

He was up against DA councillor Rano Kayser, who got 59 votes.

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