Victory for DA as Herman Mashaba is elected Mayor of Johannesburg
Herman Mashaba received 144 votes, while Parks Tau received 125 votes.
JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance's (DA) Herman Mashaba has been elected as the new Mayor of Johannesburg after city officials held their first council sitting following the local government elections on 3 August.
Mashaba received 144 votes, while Parks Tau received 125 votes.
- EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) August 22, 2016
After the announcement, Mashaba asked to postpone his acceptance speech in memory of the ANC councillor who passed on there earlier today.
He did, however, take the opportunity to thank the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leadership saying, "Thank you very much for what you've done for this country."
Mashaba says the DA aims to create an environment that empowers entrepreneurs.
The ANC confirmed earlier that it's councillor, who collapsed during the city's Council meeting, had died.
Earlier this evening, paramedics were seen rushing into City Hall with a stretcher to attend to
It's confirmed the councillor was ill.
My deepest condolences to the caucus of the AnC for the loss of their Cllr. It is indeed sad. My thoughts are with her family.
- Mmusi Maimane (@MmusiMaimane) August 22, 2016
This morning, officials met to elect a new mayor, chief whip and speaker of the council. The DA's Kevin Wax received 141 votes and was elected as the new chief whip while Vasco Da Gama was earlier named the new speaker.
This follows a marathon council meeting, attended by several political leaders including Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane and EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu, as well as party spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi. EFF leader Julius Malema was noticeably absent.
There were chaotic scenes in the Johannesburg council earlier this afternoon with some party agents pushing and shoving each other over concerns around the secret ballot process.
Voting for Johannesburg's speaker was halted when some councillors complained that EFF members showed their ballots to party agents before depositing them into boxes.
Voting for a speaker was stopped several times, while the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) investigated concerns raised around the secret voting process.
Constance Bapela from the African National Congress (ANC) and Da Gama from the DA both accepted nominations for the position.
Earlier, the DA raised concerns about the outcome of today's vote amid allegations of bribery against ANC Housing MMC Dan Bovu.
Bovu has since responded to the claims against him, describing them as false, malicious and defamatory.
The EFF has laid criminal charges against Bovu, claiming he attempted to bribe EFF councillors to vote in favour of the ANC during today's council meeting.
Through his lawyers, Bovu called on the red berets to provide proof of their claims or face legal action.
The elections have seen the ANC losing outright control of five major metros including three in Gauteng.
Last week, the governing party lost the hotly-contested Nelson Mandela Bay to the DA, when Athol Trollip was installed as the mayor.
Nationally, the ANC had gained 53 percent of the vote, down from 62 percent five years ago.