COURT ACTION LOOMS
Solly Msimanga keeps his mayoral seat, goes on charm offensive
The EFF’s motion failed on a technicality and their subsequent walkout meant the ANC’s motion did not even get off the ground
Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga, who survived an attempt by the EFF and ANC to unseat him on a technicality, went on a charm offensive to win over the smaller party. It would be "delusional" to think the coalition that runs the country’s capital could govern without the help of Julius Malema’s party, he said, after a day of political drama ended with him retaining the mayoral seat. Msimanga did not face a vote on either of the two motions of no confidence tabled by the EFF and the ANC. The EFF’s motion failed on a technicality and their subsequent walkout meant the ANC’s motion did not even get off the ground. The DA had risked losing its second mayor in a week, dealing another blow to its strategy of using its record at local councils under its administration to demonstrate its ability to deliver services and position itself as an alternative government nationally. It also controls the Western Cape provincial government. Athol Trollip was booted out as mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay, the...