In the old Tshwane council chamber on Sammy Marks Square, the stage has long been set for the unravelling of a DA-led coalition government.

Over the past two years, the chamber has provided the backdrop to many a political blowout as parties attempted the arduous tasks of, first, ensuring enough councillors were present to meet quorum requirements and, second, ensuring they had enough votes to pass simple items on the council agenda.

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