Randall Williams still the DA mayor in Tshwane

Isaac Mahlangu Senior reporter
The DA's Randall Williams has been reelected City of Tshwane executive mayor.
The DA's Randall Williams has been reelected City of Tshwane executive mayor.
Image: Antonio Muchave

DA councillor Randall Williams was on Tuesday elected Tshwane mayor.

Katlego Mathebe is the new speaker.

DA councillor Christo van den Heever also retained the position of chief whip of council.

Williams, Van den Heever and Mathebe held the same positions in the previous term, and were nominated unopposed.

ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba, who was among those who came to the sitting on Tuesday, said he expected the DA to give him and the EFF a call for co-operation discussions now that they had helped it secure Gauteng’s most sought-after hung councils

Unlike in Joburg and Ekurhuleni, the ANC chose not to oppose the nominations, apart from ANC councillor Aaron Maluleke, saying they were “registering their dissenting vote” on their nominations.

The DA did not need to go through the vote, unlike in other hung councils.

Williams said the political parties needed to put aside their differences and move towards working for the people of the capital.

He said Tshwane needed to have “sound processes in place” to ensure that council delivers on its mandate to the people of the city.

As councillors were being sworn in, Mashaba told the media what they, his party and the EFF, had started in Joburg and Ekurhuleni would continue in the capital.

Mashaba said they had voted for the DA to prevent seeing the hung metros ending in the hands of the ANC as that had seemed to have been the DA’s plan.

“One thing I want the DA to really understand is that our vote for them is not a gift,” Mashaba said.

Mashaba, however, dropped a bomb when he said he did not trust the DA, which had negotiated with him “in bad faith for two weeks”.

He confirmed that they had backed the DA without an agreement in place as they “exercised our right to protect the country’s assets” by ensuring that the metros were not run by the ANC.

“I want them to call us and the EFF because I don’t trust to negotiate with them on my own because I had two weeks of negotiation with them where they negotiated in bad faith, so I don’t want to take another chance with them,” Mashaba said.

He said they were still going to vote for the DA in Tshwane to ensure that the ANC was not in charge of any of the hung Gauteng metros.

“If the DA really wanted to give these municipalities to the ANC, that’s not gonna happen... what we started yesterday will continue today,” Mashaba said.

Unlike in Joburg and Ekurhuleni, the ANC chose not to oppose the nominations, apart from ANC councillor Aaron Maluleke, saying they were “registering their dissenting vote” on the nominations.

The DA did not need to go through the vote, unlike in other hung councils. Williams said the political parties needed to put aside their differences and move towards working for the people of the capital.

He said Tshwane needed to have “sound processes in place” to ensure that council delivers on its mandate to the people of the city.

DA leader in the Gauteng legislature and former Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga said they were “much more surer in Tshwane” than in the other metros.

“Here [in City of Tshwane] the numbers are slightly different. Those who are firm in supporting us give us the edge against the ANC,” Msimangas aid.

The meeting started about 40 minutes late and kicked off in dramatic fashion with the EFF raising objections about the seating arrangements with acting city manager Mmaseabata Mutlaneng, who was chairing the sitting, ANC members walked into the chambers singing a struggle song with the words “wenawa thengisa” (you sold out).

There was more drama and a slight delay when Freedom Front Plus members demanded that their oaths and declarations be read out in Afrikaans.

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