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Here’s why new DA mayor Marlene van Staden was elected through a coin toss

A coin flip resulted in DA councillor Marlene van Staden being elected mayor of Limpopo's Modimolle-Mookgophong municipality.

After prior council sessions failed to produce a resolution and the municipality was left without a mayor following the local government elections, the DA won control of the district via a coin toss on Thursday.

"Mayor Van Staden was chosen by coin toss after two deadlocked rounds of voting (14 votes apiece), with the EFF and FF Plus councillors voting for our candidate," the DA announced.

"The council had previously convened four council sessions with no resolution on the office of mayor, while a speaker was only elected at the fourth meeting."

At the last council meeting, ANC councillor Sinah Langa was chosen speaker, while ANC member Maria Kekana was elected chief whip on Thursday.

The council also decided to replace interim municipal manager Dr Melusi Mhlanga with Dakalo Sinthumule, the director of town planning.

"The DA is thrilled and looks forward to continuing its continued efforts to guarantee good governance, revitalize the local economy, and offer decent basic services to all inhabitants within the municipality," the DA stated.

"We are dedicated to putting Modimolle-Mookgophong citizens first and ensuring the municipality returns to its primary goal of providing services to all inhabitants."

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DA Maria Kekana Marlene van Staden Sinah Langa Van Staden


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