DA's Mpho Phalatse is Joburg mayor — 'Tshwane next,' says Herman Mashaba

Mawande AmaShabalala Political journalist
The DA's Dr Mpho Phalatse has been elected mayor of the City of Johannesburg
The DA's Dr Mpho Phalatse has been elected mayor of the City of Johannesburg
Image: VELI NHLAPO

Thanks to ActionSA and the EFF, the DA is in control of Johannesburg.

This after Dr Mpho Phalatse emerged victorious against outgoing mayor Mpho Moerane of the ANC in the battle to wear the mayoral chains in SA's economic hub. Phalatse beat Moerane by 23 votes to become the first female mayor of the metro.

This concluded the DA's takeover, after a win for the position of speaker by 29 votes, with Vasco da Gama emerging victorious against the ANC's Eunice Mgcina.

ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba said the DA had him and the EFF to thank for its win, which he promised will be repeated in Tshwane on Tuesday.

“There's been discussions between us and the EFF to say let us support the DA and see what happens. What was important to us was to make sure that we do not have an ANC government in all three Gauteng metros.

“We agree with the EFF that we will not allow the DA to give this municipality to the ANC. We are proud of our achievement now we've removed the ANC from government, not only Joburg but in Ekurhuleni too and we will do it in Tshwane tomorrow,” said Mashaba.

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