Councillor Xola Anderson Pakati was re-elected for a second term as Executive Mayor of the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality at the Inaugural Council Meeting held at Abbotsford Christian Centre on November 23.
As he made his way to the stage, Cllr Pakati was greeted with a round of applause and singing.
Thanking everyone, the Mayor welcomed the responsibility and promised to work together to make BCM better.
“Our stability and strength will certainly be tested in the crucible of struggles towards the attainment of goals and expectations of the people,” said Pakati.
He received 62 votes, while the other nominee, DA’s Cllr Suzan Elizabeth Bentley, received 22 votes.
The new seating allocation are: ANC-60, DA-20, EFF-13, UDM-1, AIC-1, PAC-1, ATM-1 and VF Plus-1.
Cllr Humphrey Maxegwana was re-elected as speaker. Two changes were made in that Cllr Princess Faku is the new Deputy Executive Mayor, winning with 61 votes and the new Chief whip is Cllr Sixolisiwe Ntsasela, winning with 62 votes.
Cllr Maxegwana commended the council members since there were no spoilt papers.
He later commented on the issues that BCM faces, saying, “The towns are dirty.” requesting councillors to fix these problems.
A total of 83 council members attended the ceremony, which was presided by BCM’s City Manager, Andile Sihlahla.
Due to Covid-19 regulations, the broadcast of the council meeting was broadcast live on the BCM Facebook page.