DA councillors, who are concerned about the EFF’s growing influence in the City of Johannesburg, have accused mayor Herman Mashaba of pandering to the whims of the party on crucial issues. The councillors are said to have held a heated caucus meeting at which a line was drawn in the sand for Mashaba. 'Two days after the heated caucus meeting, EFF leader Julius Malema described Mashaba as “our mayor” in Parliament, referring to his party. President Cyril Ramaphosa has also lauded Mashaba for his stance on the expropriation of unoccupied and vandalised buildings in central Johannesburg. Johannesburg is led by a coalition government that has the blessings of the EFF. Although not part of the coalition, the EFF gave its vote to the DA-led coalition, leading to Mashaba’s election as mayor. Sources who attended the meeting told Business Day that the councillors were worried about land invasions in the city and that the EFF’s views were prioritised in the passing of some key motions. They ...

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