JOHANNESBURG MUNICPAL COUNCIL ELECTS HERMAN MASHABA OF THE D.A. AS MAYOR

The Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, the local government for South Africa’s biggest city, has elected Herman Mashaba of the opposition Democratic Alliance )DA) party as its mayor following the Aug 3 local government elections.

Mashaba obtained 144 votes when the council met here Monday to elect its key officials against 125 votes for the candidiate of the country’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) party, Parks Tau.

The DA’s candidate for Chief Whip for the Metro also won.

Mashaba is an entrepreneur and founder of the company, Black Like Me. In 2015 he accepted a nomination to stand as the DA’s mayoral candidate for Johannesburg.

Earlier, the DA’s Vasco Da Gama was elected Speaker of the Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality Council. Da Gama secured 145 votes against 126 votes for the ANC’s Constance Bapela.

Earlier, members from another opposition party, The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), and from the ANC clashed at the Council’s meeting over ballots. The EFF wanted its members to have an option of disclosing their cast ballot.

The South African Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) had indicated that the ballot will be kept secret.

The meeting was also halted because of the death of an ANC councillor, who passed away after collapsing in the council.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK