- The ANC has lost control of Johannesburg, the DA has won control of the metro after the DA won the roles of mayor, speaker and chief whip
- Following the defeat, the ANC will now take up the role of chief opposition in the metro
- The ANC has welcomed the outcome of the election and is preparing for its new place in the metro
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JOHANNESBURG - The ANC has revealed that it is ready to take up residence in the opposition benches in Johannesburg.
The metro would be run by the Democratic Alliance following a tough series of negotiations after the local government elections.
The DA has secured the roles of mayor, speaker and chief whip. Vasco da Gama is the new speaker after narrowly beating the ANC's candidate Eunice Mgcina.
De Gama won 147 votes and Mgcina 118. DA mayoral candidate Mpho Phalatse replaced Mpho Moerane who had taken over after the death of Jolidee Matongo.
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ANC loses three major cities
The ANC lost control of Tshwane, Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni. Smaller opposition parties voted in favour of DA candidates in an effort to unseat the ANC.
Furious coalition negotiations had taken place behind closed doors and the results of those talks have now been revealed according to Reuters.
Johannesburg welcomes Mayor Mpho Phalatse, 1st woman to hold the position
Earlier, Briefly News reported that the City of Johannesburg has voted for its mayor and Mpho Phalatse from the DA has triumphed as the city's first woman in the position.
Herman Mashaba, the president of ActionSA, said that Phalatse owes her win to his party and the EFF. Mashaba vowed that Tshwane's mayoral election will see a DA win too.
According to Times Live, ActionSA and the EFF have been in discussions about who to vote in as mayor and they agreed to support the DA's candidate. Their main motivation was to get the ANC out of the metro.
Helen Zille unsupportive of Herman Mashaba as Mayor of Joburg
Yesterday, Briefly News reported that Helen Zille, the federal chairperson for the Democratic Alliance (DA), has stated that the party does not support ActionSA president Herman Mashaba's nomination for Mayor of Johannesburg.
270 Councillors were sworn in at the City of Johannesburg's first meeting following municipal elections.
John Steenhuisen has been criticised by ActionSA, the ACDP, Freedom Front Plus, and UDM in a signed statement for not displaying integrity and honesty during the DA's coalition discussion.
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