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KZN coalition partners outvote MK in legislature

Coalition partners have humbled the Umkhonto Wesizwe Party in the KZN legislature, after dashing its hopes of receiving votes from disgruntled ANC members whom it believed would support their candidates.

Nontembeko Boyce of the ANC was elected Speaker and DA member Mmabatho Tembe was elected Deputy Speaker.

Boyce defeated the MK candidate for the position by 41 votes against 39.

Deputy Speaker Tembe defeated MK with 40 votes against 39.

The coalition block had 40 voting members in the election of the deputy speaker because the speaker was no longer a voting member.

The MK and the EFF wanted KZN Acting Judge President Thoba Poyo-Dlwati to call for a revote, but she rejected their request and said all voting procedures had been strictly followed.

Boyce thanked the ANC, DA, IFP and NFP for their support.

She also acknowledged the participation of the MK and the EFF in the legislature and said they were all there to improve the lives of the people.

“I will work with all of you as the Speaker because it is my duty to listen to all of you irrespective of the party you belong to. Our mandate is to follow the rules and respect each other,” Boyce said.

Tembe, 35, said she was grateful to the DA for giving young people like her an opportunity to show their leadership capabilities.

Pictured above: Speaker Nontembeko Boyce and Deputy Speaker Mmabatho Tembe.

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