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Residents of Ekurhuleni will know their new mayor today

With no political party having won an outright majority in Ekurhuleni, a coalition government is expected.

EFF councillors taking their oath of office in Ekurhuleni. Picture: Clement Manyathela/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Ekurhuleni city council is holding its first meeting at the Germiston council chambers, to elect the speaker of the council who will them preside over the nomination and election of the mayor and chief whip.

With no political party having won an outright majority in Ekurhuleni, a coalition government is expected to be announced.

The African National Congress polled 49.04 percent of the vote and out of the 224 seats, got 109. The Democratic Alliance took 77 seats and the Economic Freedom Fighters 25.



The African Independent Congress got four seats, while the Inkatha Freedom Party and the Freedom Front Plus secured two seats each.

The Pan African Congress, Congress of the People and the Independent Ratepayers Association of South Africa won one seat each.

The ANC and the AIC have been in talks to form a coalition in the city, which will allow the ANC to retain the metro.

The ANC has already lost power in three of the country's metro councils, namely the City of Johannesburg, City of Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay.

On Monday, the Democratic Alliance's Herman Mashaba was elected mayor of Johannesburg.