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DA’s Vasco da Gama elected as new Johannesburg Council Speaker

EFF and DA members cheered and celebrated as da Gama was named speaker of the house.

Newly elected speaker in the City of Johannesburg council, the Democratic Alliance's Vasco Da Gama: Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance's (DA) Vasco da Gama has been elected speaker of the Johannesburg Council.



The city officials held their first council sitting after the local government elections on 3 August.

The results for the speaker vote were read out a short while ago, following a disruptive session.

City Manager Trevor Fowler said, "The vote is as follows: Councillor Constance Bapela [received] 126 votes and councillor Vasco da Gama [received] 145 votes."

This means da Gama won by 19 votes.

#Joburg BREAKING Vasco Da Gama is speaker. He received 145 votes, ANC's Contance Bapela got 126. CM



Constance Bapela from the African National Congress (ANC) and da Gama both accepted nominations for the position.

While the da Gama is being prepped to take on his new role as speaker in the Johannesburg's council, party leader Mmusi Maimane says this is a historic day.

"[It's a] Historic day and memorable for the people of Johannesburg. The citizens of Johannesburg voted for change and today that change has begun to be effected."

He says the poor will be top priority and this is a positive reflection for the will of the people.

EFF and DA members cheered and celebrated as da Gama was named speaker of the house.

There is a break now and voting for the chief whip and mayor will start later.

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