Only the DA nominated a candidate – with the African National Congress (ANC), through Councillor Aaron Maluleka, indicating that it was not taking part in the election. The Economic Freedom Fighters did not nominate a candidate either.
The nomination process got off to a rocky start as ANC councillor Lesego Makhubela said: “So of all the black faces here in Tshwane, you have to get a guy from Cape Town?”. Tshwane Speaker Rachel Mathebe switched off Makhubela’s microphone as he was still raising his “point of order”. EFF councillor Obakeng Ramabodu jumped in: “I’m told that this guy was in Parliament, but I had never seen him even cough once…” Other councillors lambasted Mathebe for being partial by speaking glowingly of Mokgalapa.