New Ekurhuleni executive mayor Nkosindiphile Xhakaza of the ANC, which has complained that its coalition pact with the EFF is “more damaging than helpful”, has appointed five EFF councillors to five “big, tender-heavy” portfolios of his 10-member mayoral cabinet.

The ANC described the move as showing its commitment to work with all parties represented in council. This comes after Xhakaza’s unopposed election as the Ekurhuleni mayor on Thursday last week after a recent ActionSA-sponsored no-confidence motion against African Independent Congress (AIC) councillor Sivuyile Ngodwana. ..

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