Pretoria - Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga on Thursday survived a motion of no confidence brought against him by the opposition African National Congress (ANC) in the Tshwane Council.
"Honourable councillors, the results of the vote (brought by ANC) Councillor (Mapiti) Matsena's motion of no confidence in the Executive Mayor are as follows - those are for are 77, those that are against are 95. Those that abstained are 21," Speaker of the Tshwane Council Rachel Mathebe announced soon after the vote.
A jubilant Msimanga quickly arose to his feet, raising his hands in celebration as Democratic Alliance councillors chanted "Solly, Solly".
Members of Julius Malema-led Economic Freedom Fighters did not take part in the vote, folding their hands as other voted for and against Msimanga.
Earlier Mathebe ruled that the motion of no confidence against Msimanga, brought by the ANC, would be conducted through an open show of hands in council.