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DA's Mogale City mayor 'sandwiched' between ANC speaker and chief whip

The DA's Lynn Pannall has been voted in as the new mayor in Mogale City, on Gauteng’s West Rand.

Pannall was elected with the help of the EFF and other smaller parties who vowed to vote in the DA's favour.

There are questions about how, despite the pledge of support, two ANC members were elected as speaker and chief whip in the council.

Pannall would not speculate on whether the vote was split, but says she is willing to accept the situation.

I have no idea. I've heard some rumors, but that's all they are. I'm accepting it on face value. I am sandwiched between them

Lynn Pannall, Executive Mayor in Mogale City

Pannall explains that she will retain executive power in council and oversee the day-to-day operations.

She says she'd agree to a fair re-election in council, where one member has the power to swing the vote.

The ANC dipped under the 50% mark for the first time during this year’s local government election, with 38 seats.

The DA obtained 27 seats, the EFF nine seats and the IFP two seats in council.

The DA’s Athol Trollip and Pannall were elected yesterday as executive mayors in the Nelson Mandela Bay and Mogale City municipalities respectively.

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes:

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