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Outgoing Ekurhuleni mayor sad about ANC's dip in support

Mondli Gungubele says the ANC in Ekurhuleni has clinched a deal with other parties to form a coalition.

Outgoing Ekurhuleni Mayor Mondli Gungubele. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Outgoing Ekurhuleni Mayor Mondli Gungubele says although he's sad about the party's dip in support, he's confident that with the help of smaller parties the ANC will retain the metro.

The first council meeting is currently underway in Germiston where a new mayor will be elected.

Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Mzwandile Masina will take over from Gungubele, if the ANC retains the city.

Gungubele says he has mixed feelings: "My party has been struggling in some areas, but the bottom line is democracy is alive in South Africa."

The party dipped below 50 percent in the city receiving only 109 seats out of 224.

The outgoing mayor says the party in the region has clinched a deal with other parties to form a coalition.

He says he's confident the team that will take over from him will take the metro forward.