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IFP withdraws support of ANC at eThekwini

The IFP's withdrawal of support has cast doubt on the ANC's chances of winning a mayor in eThekwini. In eThekwini, the Inkatha Freedom Party abstained on a vote to affirm the ANC's nomination for council speaker. Thabani Nyawose was elected speaker of the eThekwini Municipality with 103 votes. He defeated opponents Thabani Mthethwa of the DA, who received 63 votes, and Philani Mavundla of the Abantu Batho Congress, who received 33 votes. Following Nyawose's election, the meeting devolved into turmoil, with IFP councillors demanding that their votes be recorded.

Before the mayor and deputy mayor elections could begin, the IFP sought a five-minute delay of councillors for caucusing. When the adjournment was completed, ANC councillors proposed that the council take a lunch break, much to the chagrin of the opposing parties, who wanted to vote right away. The council, on the other hand, decided to go out to lunch. According to reports, the IFP petitioned other parties to support DA leader Nicole Graham for mayor.

If all opposition parties and independents vote for Graham, she would receive 121 votes, whereas the ANC's nominee Kaunda will receive 95. "It's now apparent that if everyone votes the same way, opposition parties can overthrow the ANC in the remaining places," Graham tweeted on her personal Twitter account.

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