Masina: ANC has accepted the outcome of local election

New Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina says that he respects the will of the people.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Newly elected Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina said the African National Congress (ANC) has accepted the outcome of the local government election.

The ANC retained the metro yesterday, with its councillors also taking the position of speaker and chief whip in the council.

Masina said he respects the will of the people.

"This is democracy at play. The people of South Africa have spoken, they've supported the different parties. We all have responsibilities to do this different work and I think that we've been given an opportunity, in terms of metros, here in Gauteng to lead Ekurhuleni."

After the ANC lost Tshwane and Johannesburg to the DA-led alliance, the party is now happy it managed to secure this metro through a coalition.

The party dipped below 50 percent in Ekurhuleni, receiving only 109 seats.

It has formed a coalition with the AIC, the PA, PAC and Irasa, which has increased its seats to 117.

The metro's new mayor Mzwandile Masina says he's happy.

He's criticised those that voted for the opposition in Tshwane and Johannesburg for selling their souls to the highest bidder.