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Mzwandile Masina elected Ekurhuleni’s new mayor

Mzwandile Masina will now replace his predecessor Mondli Gungubele.

Newly elected Mayor of Ekurhuleni Mzwandile Masina. Picture: @GautengANC.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress' (ANC) Mzwandile Masina has been elected the new mayor of Ekurhuleni, beating the Democratic Alliance's Ghaleb Cachalia.

Masina will now replace his predecessor, Mondli Gungubele.

The now former mayor said earlier he was confident Masina and his team would take the metro forward.

So far, the ANC has won two rounds of votes; earlier Patricia Khumalo retained her position as speaker of the council.

Khumalo read out the votes for the new mayor.

"Councillor Ghaleb Cachalia got 106 votes and councilor Mzwandile Masina got 117 votes. Therefore, I accordingly declare councilor Masina as Mayor of Ekurhuleni."

The mood was tense on the ANC benches when voting was underway, only the Economic Freedom Fighters was in high spirits singing and chanting songs.

But when results were announced, ANC councillors got up from their seats singing songs poking fun at the opposition and celebrating their new mayor.

Masina hasn't given his acceptance speech, he is expected to address the public watching these proceedings in the overflow tent outside later today.