The Gauteng government has said it would intervene if the Johannesburg City council fails to elect a new mayor on Wednesday.
The council prepares to hold its second sitting to elect a new mayor after Speaker Vasco da Gama postponed the election to seek legal advice on what constituted a majority in the council last week.
The African National Congress's (ANC’s) Geoff Makhubo, the Democratic Alliance's (DA's) Funzela Ngobeni and the Economic Freedom Fighters' (EFF's) Musa Novela are contesting for the top post.
Bongani Bingwa chats to political analyst Lukhona Mnguni and the Da Gama to get more insight on what is happening with these elections.
I think part of the problem is self-created so that political opportunity can be created so that some can be created without achieving the 50% plus one that is required. No party holds 136 seats on its own and that is the number of votes that are needed to pass through a mayor.— Lukhona Mnguni, Political analyst
He says once whoever is elected doesn't get 136 votes, that mayor becomes vulnerable to a motion of no confidence against him.
The whole thing about coalitions is trying to build a consensus among parties that accept that they didn't get a clear mandate to govern a particular place.— Lukhona Mnguni, Political analyst
Da Gama says the confusion in the council started when he explained the election procedure for the mayor, quoting directly from the Structures Act.
Then different political parties raised issues in council, therefore I took legal opinion and they suggested that because of the confusion, go get an independent legal opinion.— Vasco da Gama, Speaker - Johannesburg Council
He says the difference with this election is that there are three candidates and an elimination process and the way the Structures Act explains the elimination process brought the confusion to council.
We always have the interest of the city in mind, if we went ahead with the vote last week, some parties would have gone to court.— Vasco da Gama, Speaker - Johannesburg Council
Listen below to Mnguni sharing his views on the upcoming election:
Listen below to Da Gama giving reasons as to why the vote was postponed last week: