Johannesburg - The struggling Maluti-a-Phofung municipality in the Free State managed to elect a new mayor, speaker and chief whip following an August by-election that saw the African National Congress (ANC) lose 10 seats to independent candidates.
Thursday's sitting was a second attempt to elect officials. The first meeting held earlier this month lacked a quorum.
The newly elected mayor is Masechaba Mosia Lakaje. She went head to head against Gilbert Mokotso who took over mayorship in 2018. Tumelo Thebe was elected speaker and Betsi Mofokeng chief whip.
All three are from the ANC caucus.
Of the 69 seats, the ANC has 37, down from 47 while the independents now occupying 10 seats. The Economic Freedom Fighters have nine, the Democratic Alliance five and the Dikwankwetla Party of South Africa (DPSA) four. The other parties are the AULA, which has two seats, the African People's Convention (APC) and the African Independent Congress (AIC) with one seat each.