ANC JHB: Mashaba, Da Gama no confidence motions extremely urgent

The party wants to force a vote to remove the pair who’ve refused to place the issue on the council agenda.

Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba's legal team ahead of proceedings at the South Gauteng Court on 26 September 2017. Picture: Louise McAuliffe/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) in Johannesburg has argued its matter involving two motions of no confidence in Mayor Herman Mashaba and Council Speaker Vasco da Gama are extremely urgent and need to be dealt with before Wednesday's meeting.

The party wants to force a vote to remove the pair who’ve refused to place the issue on the council agenda.

The ANC also wants the motion to be held through a secret ballot.

The ANC’s lawyer William Mokhari is arguing that the speaker of council’s refusal is unconstitutional and the party wants the court to give clarity on the matter.

The ANC believes it has 15 Democratic Alliance members who will vote with the party to oust Mashaba.

Da Gama says he has no issue with the motion of no confidence but insists he has no power to declare a secret vote but the ANC insists he does.

The ANC in Johannesburg says it doesn't trust da Gama to deliver on his promise to schedule two motions of no confidence votes in himself and Mashaba in November.

On 29 October, there is another council meeting at which he has agreed to place the motion of no confidence votes on the agenda, but the ANC insists it must take place on Wednesday.

ANC and DA supporters are attending proceedings, but there is no sign of Economic Freedom Fighters members.