- Herman Mashaba's resignation as the mayor of Johannesburg has left big shoes to fill
- The Democratic Alliance has elected Funzela Ngobeni as its chosen replacement for Mashaba
- The mayoral committee member has been commended for his lengthy service to the city
City of Joburg mayoral committee member Funzela Ngobeni has been chosen as the Democratic Alliance's candidate for Herman Mashaba's replacement.
The Johannesburg mayor threw in the towel after Helen Zille was elected as the DA's federal council chairperson.
Mashaba has long been lauded as the glue that held the metro together, which is led through a coalition between the DA, EFF and other parties.
Briefly.co.za reported that the opposition party's interim leader John Steenhuisen confirmed that a negotiation team had been established to approach the EFF and ensure continued support.
News24 noted that John Moodey, DA Gauteng leader, had commented on Ngobeni's selection:
"The DA has been through a rigorous selection process before appointing him and is confident that should he be elected as the executive mayor of the DA-led City of Johannesburg on 28 November 2019, that he will continue the good work done by outgoing Mayor Herman Mashaba."
Ngobeni has been a long-serving councillor, currently finance MMC, and had joined Mashaba's executive early last year.
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