Pretoria - Judgment was on Tuesday reserved in the application by the Tshwane ANC against council speaker Katlego Mathebe, who refused its call for a secret ballot in the vote of no confidence against executive mayor Solly Msimanga on September 27.
The party wanted the motion to be carried through a secret ballot due to the “toxic environment” within which the DA-led administration operated.
The party also wanted the council meeting in question to be declared illegal because it was hosted more than 20 minutes late.
ANC legal counsel Advocate Asum Bava SC argued that a bad precedent could be set to other municipalities should the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria, not rule against Mathebe’s decision to allow a 10am meeting to proceed outside the advertised time.
He lambasted the speaker’s decision to allow the meeting to begin at 10.40am, saying it was illegal and against the Municipal Council Structural Act.