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DA: SA political landscape is changing for better

The DA’s provincial leader in Gauteng says defeating the ANC in Mogale City took a massive effort.

FILE: DA supporters cheer during a rally to celebrate election results on 5 August 2016. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says the political landscape is changing for the better after narrowly clinching the mayoral position in Gauteng's Mogale City.

Yesterday the opposition party's Lynn Pannall was voted in as Mogale City's mayor after the African National Congress (ANC) dipped under the 50 percent mark for the first time during this year's local government election with 38 seats.

The DA had the support of opposition parties during the first sitting of the new council in Mogale City yesterday - successfully defeating the ANC for the mayoral position.

However the ANC won the speaker's seat. The DA's provincial leader John Moody says that it took a massive effort to bring the ANC down in the area.

"Bringing the ANC down below 50% in an area where traditionally they had been very strong was a massive effort. Change is sweeping across South Africa and it's only good for us as a nation."

The DA says it plans to create jobs and improve the lives of the poor in the region.