Council meeting underway in Rustenburg after disruptions

Proceedings were delayed by an apparent altercation between ANC and EFF members outside the venue.

EFF leader Julius Malema speaks to the media at a press conference in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg, to give feedback on the party's coalition talks. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The first council meeting in Rustenburg to elect a mayor is now underway after proceedings were delayed by an apparent altercation between African National Congress (ANC) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members outside the venue.

The ANC won 43 seats in the municipality failing to reach an outright majority while the EFF received 24 seats becoming the main opposition party.

Proceedings got off to a rocky start this morning with police being deployed to the local civic centre to restore order.

While the ANC won the highest number of seats in the municipality it will need smaller parties to govern.

The EFF became the second biggest party and plans to back the forum for service delivery's mayoral candidate to lead the area.

Rustenburg is situated in South Africa's platinum belt where 34 miners were gunned down in Marikana 4 years ago.

Julius Malema has become popular in the mining town after the ANC lost its support base.