New Makana Council speaker Mthuthuzeli Matymza straightens Yandiswa Vara's mayoral chain shortly after her election as Executive Mayor. Photo: Rod Amner
By ROD AMNER
The crowds were small, held in check by Covid-19 protocols, but new life was breathed into our local democracy as an unprecedented number of opposition candidates and independents (13 in all) faced off against the African National Congress’s (ANC) 14 councillors at the Makana Council inauguration on Tuesday 23 November.
Makana Citizens Front (MCF) councillors took to the floor for the first time to contest a point of procedure, and a young new mayor, Yandiswa Vara was sworn in, to ululations from the gallery.
Makhandans are in desperate need of new ideas and fresh legs as we tackle the myriad fiscal, technical and human challenges that still face the city. While a necessarily muted ceremony, the democracy on display on Tuesday did create a palpable surge of hope.
Here are some images from City Hall for those who couldn’t be there:
Makana Citizens Front (MCF) proportional representation councillors Kungeka Mashiane and Jane Bradshaw at the inauguration of the new Makana Council on Tuesday 23 November. Photo: Rod Amner