African Independent Congress councillor Margaret Arnolds has been elected as the Johannesburg council speaker.
This announcement comes after she was nominated by the African National Congress-Economic Freedom Fighters, which holds the majority of seats in the council.
City manager Floyd Brink made the declaration, stating that Arnolds was duly elected as the speaker of the council for the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality.
The position became vacant after Colleen Makhubele, who had been serving as the council speaker, was dismissed from her party, Congress of the People, last week.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) boycotted Monday’s sitting, arguing that it was a waste of money.
Belinda Kayser-Echeozonjoku, the DA caucus leader, expressed their stance, stating that they would not attend the meeting and would not give legitimacy to the coalition while they were being frivolous with taxpayers’ money.
Arnolds’ election as the council speaker marks an important development in the governance of Johannesburg.
As the newly elected speaker, she will play a crucial role in ensuring the smooth functioning of the council and representing the interests of the city’s residents.
With her experience and expertise, Arnolds is expected to contribute significantly to the decision-making processes and the overall progress of the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality.