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Friday, 17 November 2023 11:49

AIC councillor Margaret Arnolds to be Joburg council Speaker.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

Margaret Arnolds, an African Independent Congress (AIC) councillor, has been chosen as a speaker nominee by party caucus members late on Thursday.

The Johannesburg City Council is expected to have a new speaker as early as Monday.

Nine political parties representing a fraction of council seats in the metro met on Thursday to decide who should replace former COPE councilor Colleen Makhubele as council leader.

Makhubele lost her job after being fired by her party, the Congress of the People (Cope) this week.

In July, Makhubele said in an interview that she had ambitions to lead Cope. Last week, Cope rapped her over the knuckles for going against the party's position on the Israel-Palestine war. Makhubele supports Israel and last week also came out in support of Woolworths after EFF leader Julius Malema criticised the retailer for stocking products from Israel.

Former mayor Thapelo Amad, and Lloyd Philips are some of the names that have been raised to fill the position.

Meanwhile the Democratic Alliance (DA) has confirmed that a motion to dissolve the City of Johannesburg council will be tabled on November 17.

"The city is being run through motions submitted in council in order to ensure service delivery," said DA Johannesburg caucus leader Belinda Kayser-Echeozonjoku.

"Roads are collapsing, rules of council are not being adhered to and city-owned buildings are not maintained to the extent that they catch fire.

Kayser-Echeozonjoku contends that the city needs no meddling from the national government, but internal resolution.

She added: "We also call on all political parties that truly want to put the interest of Joburg residents first to support this motion."