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ANC claims chief whip, speaker & mayor positions in Ekurhuleni

ANC councillors broke into cheers and songs when the results for chief whip were announced.

Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) has won all three rounds of elections for speaker, mayor and chief whip in Ekurhuleni.

The party's Jongisiwe Dlanathi has been announced as the new chief whip; he received 117 votes, beating the Democratic Alliance's (DA) Ann Campbell, who clinched 107.

ANC councillors broke into cheers and songs when the results for chief whip were announced.

They sang songs directed at the Economic Freedom Fighters and the DA, saying they will never run the city.

The two opposition parties sat quietly in their seats.

Two hundred and twenty-seven votes were cast for the positions of chief whip, speaker and mayor.

The party's candidates received the majority of votes in all three categories.

After the August polls the party received only 109 seats in the city.

This means other smaller parties offered the ANC eight seats to take its number from 109 to 117.

MASINA THANKS EKURHULENI RESIDENTS

Newly elected Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina has thanked the people who live in the city for trusting in the ANC, saying he'll prioritise the creation of jobs, the fight against corruption and the eradication of poverty.

Masina addressed members of the public outside the city's council house in Germiston this evening, just hours after being elected the city's number one citizen.

Speaking publicly for the first time as the new mayor of Ekurhuleni, Masina thanked those who voted for the party in the city, saying they have made this metro the only one in the province under the ANC.

"I must thank you the people of Ekurhuleni for not selling your souls to the highest bidder."

He also took time to thank political parties that voted with his party in the council.

The new mayor says his priorities are clear.

"[My priorities are] jobs, housing and quality services. You want us to fight corruption, to end poverty and these are the things we will ensure that we place high on our agenda."

Masina has assured supporters and residents that issues they raised during door to door campaigns will be dealt with.