Tensions were running high in Vryburg, North West, after public outbursts following the election of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Councillor Tebogo Babuile as executive mayor of the Dr. Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Municipality on Friday.
While 30 votes were cast, only 27 were tallied due to three spoilt ballots, leaving Babuile with 17 votes and African National Congress (ANC) mayoral candidate Gaolatlhe Kgabo with just 10. The District Municipality has 30 seats, with the ANC holding 16 of them, the EFF holding ten, and the DA, United Christian Democratic Party, Patriotic Alliance, and African Content Municipality each holding one.
Chaos ensued at the Dr. Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Municipal Council's first meeting. The populace was outraged by allegations that several ANC members colluded with the opposition to elect EFF councillor Tebogo Babuile as mayor.
This unexpected turn of events also affected provincial political leaders' emotions.
"You would recognize that the EFF has fought elections, and that by doing so, you are inevitably challenging authority inside municipalities." We have been competing mayoral and speaker seats in all municipalities, and as a consequence, we are really pleased with the results of this district municipality," said Provincial Secretary Papiki of the EFF.
Wesley Kgang, speaking on behalf of the ANC Youth League in North West, said, "We are investigating what occurred, but we are certain that six of our sixteen councillors did not follow instructions. This council will engage in rigorous consequence management. This does not begin with ANC councillors sleeping with an enemy, but rather with the EFF explicitly declaring us an enemy via its CIC Julius Malema..."
Residents, however, are split on the result of the mayoral elections. "We are really dissatisfied with the decision, which saw an EFF councillor elected mayor," one local adds. "When we request assistance, we are informed about the district," another resident explains. Thus, we expect that things will improve in the district under an EFF Mayor." Kgalalelo Sereko, an ANC councillor, was elected council Speaker by a margin of 21 votes to the EFF's nine.This newly elected Mayor of the EFF has a huge book in front of him on the table, that looks like a 2021 diary book. It shows that this gentleman is ready for work and deliver for the people of his region.
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