# African Independent Congress councillor Margaret Arnolds has been elected as new speaker of Johannesburg. She replaces Colleen Makhubele of COPE who was dismissed last week. Arnolds emerged as the nominee after being chosen by party caucus members on Thursday. However, the DA, who was absent in the council meeting, maintains its position for the dissolution of the entire council amid ongoing political instability.
AIC councillor Margaret Arnolds is elected as new speaker of Johannesburg