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Xolani Sotashe named ANC’s mayoral candidate for CT

Sotashe serves as the ANC's chief whip in the City of Cape Town.

FILE: The ANC's mayoral candidate in Cape Town, Xolani Sotashe. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC)'s mayoral candidate in Cape Town, Xolani Sotashe, will lead the party's campaign to wrest control of the metro from the Democratic Alliance (DA) in August's municipal elections.

Sotashe, who serves as the ANC's chief whip in the city, is one of the new candidates named by the ANC's national leadership over the weekend.

Sotashe will go head to head with incumbent mayor Patricia de Lille for the city's top job.

He replaces Tony Ehrenreich, the ANC's mayoral candidate in 2011, who lost to de Lille.

Ehrenreich, who is also the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu)'s Western Cape secretary, won't be returning as a councillor.

Cosatu's provincial executive decided against allowing him to run for mayor and wants him to rather focus on his work in the federation.

The announcement of mayoral candidates comes after weeks of protests by ANC members over the party's candidate selection process.

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