Joburg election delay necessary: DA

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance said the postponement of the mayoral election until next week is necessary to allow the speaker to seek legal advice.

The ANC, however, believes the delay is because they hold the majority of votes. 

DA Chief Whip in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature Mike Moriarty said, "The council has adjourned in order to get proper legal advice."

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"Despite what you have heard from the ANC, it is the correct and proper thing to do. The last thing you need is an election to take place and then someone who doesn't win runs off to court and then it gets undone," he said. 

Moriarty stated the speaker would have surety in a few days.

"The standing rules are of the Johannesburg City Council do require an outright majority."

The vote for a new Johannesburg mayor has been postponed to 4 December 2019. The council was expected to vote in a new mayor after Herman Mashaba officially ended his term on Wednesday. Courtesy #DStv403