Al Jama-ah councillor Thapelo Amad says his decision to resign as executive mayor of Johannesburg on the eve of a no-confidence vote against him was largely influenced by a desire not to see the coalition that elected him to office collapse under his watch.

Amad, council speaker Colleen Makhubele and chief whip of council Sthembiso Zungu were all set to face no-confidence motions in council on Tuesday, but due to Amad’s resignation on Monday night, Makhubele postponed the scheduled sitting...

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