DURBAN - The eThekwini municipal council had a special sitting on Thursday to elect new leadership for the metro.
Mxolisi Kaunda took over from former mayor Zandile Gumede, who was forced to resign following fraud and corruption charges.
The council voted for the speaker of the house and the position was taken by former KZN Social Development MEC Weziwe Thusi.
Thusi took over from William Mapena who was redeployed along with the rest of the municipal executive committee.
Belinda Scott, current MEC for finance in the province, is expected to be deputy mayor.
After a delay and tensions arose as opposition parties demanded to know whether names of new ANC members had been added to the Council list and IEC voters’ roll, the vote took place by secret ballot.
Kaunda was elected by a narrow margin.
A total of 203 votes were cast.
Kaunda received 108 while the DA’s Nicole Graham got 82.
13 ballots were spoilt.
Former-mayor Gumede said she will remain a PR councillor.
She explained she was defiant because “I’m a woman, you don’t just allow to be kicked out.”