- Geoff Makhubo has replaced Herman Mashaba as Johannesburg's Mayor after a council election
- But the ANC politician did it with some help from a surprising place
- Briefly.co.za explains how the ANC managed to secure one of the most coveted metros
Ahead of the election for the new Johannesburg mayor both the DA and the EFF have been racing to gain control of the economic hub.
Wednesday saw a surprising victor emerge after councilors voted the ANC into power with Geoff Makhubo becoming the new leader.
Briefly.co.za explores how an unlikely vote of support helped the ruling party take back Jozi:
The Democratic Alliance has managed to retain Joburg for the past three years, through a seven-party coalition.
EFF leader Julius Malema had been adamant that the EFF would take control after Herman Mashaba opted to resign from his position.
But Makhubo had help from a small portion of Democratic Alliance councilors, who put their support behind their ANC rivals.
Mike Moriarty says those responsible will now have to live with themselves after unseating the DA:
"Obviously it is a huge disappointment. It's a disappointment for us that any councillor saw it fit to undo three years of good work done by Mashaba and DA lead administration."
Former mayor Herman Mashaba has highlighted his disappointment in the development, adamant that this proves his fears over the future of the Democratic Alliance were justified.
Mashaba lamented the fact that three years of hard work had been undone by elements from within the party.
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