DA Councillors Exit Joburg Council Meeting, Alleging Illegality
DA Councillors Exit Joburg Council Meeting, Alleging Illegality. The party accused speaker Colleen Makhubele of flouting council rules by allowing the meeting to continue after the time to establish a quorum had lapsed as reported by the Time Live.
Former chief whip and DA councillor Tyrell Meyers raised an objection to the proceedings, stating that the period for objections had passed, informing Makhubele of rule 57 regarding a quorum at 10 am.
The rule states that if a quorum is not constituted within 20 minutes after the time set for the commencement of a council or committee meeting, the meeting shall be adjourned, unless it is decided with the unanimous consent of the councillors present, to allow for further time not exceeding 10 minutes, to enable a quorum to be present.
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The DA councillors claimed that the council did not have a quorum within the required time and that the “compromised speaker” unilaterally gave an extension.
The council chief whip Sthembiso Zungu stated that the DA’s behaviour was unacceptable and needed to be corrected going forward. Makhubele asked a legal representative to assist with a headcount to verify warm bodies in the council vs signatures recorded in its register. Despite the absence of the DA, the council continued with the agenda.
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