- Mokgalapa replaces Solly Msimanga, who resigned in order to focus on his premiership race
-Mokgalapa is a DA veteran with over nine years of political experience
- He previously served as a ward councillor and a member of several committees
Following Solly Msimanga's resignation, Stevens Mokgalapa has taken office as the new mayor of Tshwane.
Mokgalapa is Tswane born and bred, and has served as a member of the DA in various capacities for several years.
In addition to more than nine years of political experience, Mokgalapa also has a Bachelor's degree in political science and an Honours in international relations.
Mokgalapa previously served as a ward councilor in Tshwane, as well as a member of the parliamentary portfolio committee on international relations and cooperation.
Additionally, he also served on the portfolio committee on human settlements and held positions as a branch chair and member of the DA's regional executive.
His ascension to the mayor's office follows the resignation of previous mayor Solly Msimanga. Msimanga, also a DA member, resigned in order to focus all of his attention on his race for the position of Gauteng premier.
After Msimanga's exit, there were concerns that this would make the DA's coalition in Tshwane fragile. These fears were worsened by the EFF's initial lukewarm reaction to Mokgalapa's a nomination.
In response to Mokgalapa's name being put forward, a spokesperson for the EFF reportedly said, "We don't even know the guy."
This follows the collapse of the DA-EFF coalition in Nelson Mandela Bay, and Julius Malema's statement that the EFF would no longer enter into coalitions with the DA.
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