It was a tough first day on the job for new Nelson Mandela Bay speaker Jonathan Lawack, who had to fend off several attempts by the ANC to destabilise the inaugural council meeting yesterday.
His patience and mettle as a leader of a robust group of 120 councillors were put to the test – and it is just the beginning.
With years of experience as a teacher and eventually a school principal, Lawack, 68, said he would rule with a firm hand but would remain impartial to all councillors.
As speaker of the council, Lawack has the tough job of being responsible for the wellbeing of all councillors.
He will also have to preside over all council meetings and ensure the rules of order are properly applied.
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