ANC councillor dies at Jo’burg City Hall
Earlier, paramedics were seen rushing into the City Hall with a stretcher to attend to her but she died.
JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) has confirmed that one of its councillors has died at the Johannesburg City Hall.
#Joburg ANC in the chamber confirms its ill councillor has passed on. CM— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) August 22, 2016
The ANC earlier requested a ten-minute break when the councillor took ill.
However, new speaker Vasco Da Gama ruled that voting would continue.
#Joburg ANC councillors say they want to vote in honor of deceased councillor "we want to vote for both positions at once". CM— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) August 22, 2016
The voting process for the Johannesburg mayor and city council chief whip was then halted after news shocked the chamber this evening, as the ANC confirmed that one of its councillors had died.
It's confirmed the councillor was ill and paramedics were seen rushing into the city hall with a stretcher to attend to her.
The cause of death is not yet known but the party's Given Mogale said she had collapsed before the party requested a ten-minute break.
The Economic Freedom Fighters, Democratic Alliance, African Christian Democratic Party, Inkatha Freedom Party and other parties have all expressed their condolences.
The newly elected City of Johannesburg speaker says they will continue with the vote, but will make provision for the ANC by speeding up the process and allowing parties to vote for the chief whip and mayor at the same time - as opposed to separately as planned.
He concluded by passing his on condolences and voting has resumed.
MOOD SWITCHES FROM TENSE TO SOMBRE
The party says its deeply saddened by the news, as the councillor had served in the party from the 80s.
The mood in the chambers has shifted, earlier singing chanting booing and dancing often interrupted proceedings but now, all members have quietened down.
The ANC had requested that the sitting be adjourned for the day but said they would understand if that could not happen.
The party said they would not oppose continuing with the voting to honour the late councillor who has not yet been named.
Parties agreed to speed up the process and vote for both the chief whip and mayor at the same time as opposed to doing it separately as planned.
The two names that have been put forward for the executive mayor post are the DA's Herman Mashaba and the ANC's Parks Tau.
We mourn the passing of Comrade Mthembu who died on duty, with her boots on like a true cadre. RIP Black Diamond! pic.twitter.com/mJDhtLRxbC— Gauteng ANC (@GautengANC) August 22, 2016