ANC loses major Gauteng metros

By Baldwin Ndaba for IOL, News24

Mogale City Local Municipality in Krugersdorp has a new DA mayor after Councillor Tyrone Gray was on Tuesday elected executive mayor and Jacqueline Pannall as speaker.

The municipality was previously under an ANC-led coalition but the ruling party failed to win an outright majority in the local government elections held on November 1.

Gray’s election as mayor, his party said, took place after a vote of support from other opposition parties, adding it affirmed their faith in the DA’s ability to govern.

Pannall has been elected the new council speaker and will preside over council meetings and perform duties in line with the role.

DA Gauteng leader Solly Msimanga said Mogale City had been plagued by serious service delivery challenges, financial mismanagement and lack of economic growth and productivity.

Following a surprising victory in the City of Ekurhuleni and City of Johannesburg, the DA completed a clean sweep in the Gauteng’s big three municipalities when it captured the City of Tshwane yesterday afternoon.

But unlike in Ekurhuleni and Johannesburg, where the ANC put up a brave fight, the victory in Tshwane was a walkover as the ANC decided not to participate in the elections. It did not put up a nomination for both the speaker and the mayor position.

The ANC’s decision to abstain meant that the DA won the city’s three top positions uncontested.


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