Parks Tau: ANC will be a constructive opposition in JHB

Last night, The DA’s Herman Mashaba won the mayoral election with the support of the EFF.

FILE: Former City of Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Former Johannesburg mayor Parks Tau says the African National Congress (ANC) will play the role of a constructive opposition in the City of Johannesburg after he lost his bid to stay on as mayor yesterday.

Last night, the Democratic Alliance (DA)'s Herman Mashaba won the mayoral election with the support of the Economic Freedom Fighters.

But the election was marred by the sudden collapse and death of ANC councillor Nonhlanhla Mthembu during the proceedings.

Tau says his group of councillors are not going to disrupt the running of the city they used to govern.

"We're not going to contribute in a manner that's destructive but we're not going to support at all cost, so if the budget and all programmes are moving in a direction that we believe reverses the gains that have been made we will not necessarily support it."

He says the loss of Johannesburg is a major setback for the ANC.

"I'm a member of the ANC because I believe in the course that the ruling party pursues. We suffered a major setback. There are reasons we suffered this setback but we have to recover and focus on the tasks."

Tau has also congratulated Mashaba on his election.

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