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Mzwandile Masina makes a u-turn on condemning those who didn't vote for ANC

Mzwandile Masina had said ANC supporters who didn't vote for the party in Tshwane and JHB are ungrateful.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Newly elected Ekurhuleni mayor Mzwandile Masina has backtracked on his comments that African National Congress (ANC) supporters who didn't vote for the party in Tshwane and Johannesburg are ungrateful.

Masina was inaugurated as mayor earlier this week after taking over from his predecessor Mondli Gungubele.

He's thanked residents of the metro, the only one controlled by the ANC in Gauteng, for not selling their souls to other parties.

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

That is how Masina started his address after being elected mayor.

He then went on further to say:

"None of us would have thought that the people of Tshwane would forget who hanged Solomon Mahlangu in 1979."

Now he says he doesn't blame voters for their choice.

"I can't be unhappy with voters because they have a choice, I was asking critical questions on what we did wrong."

Masina says the ANC has listened to the concerns of its supporters and will self-correct.

MASINA TO RETAIN OLD STAFF

The newly elected Ekurhuleni mayor says he won't be purging staff in the metro saying he has confidence in the people who are already under the employ of city.

Some employees of the metro raised concerns around their employment security, saying they were scared they would be victims of the transition.

Masina says employees must be rest assured their jobs are safe.

"The people that have been here were brought through fair government processes so it's a continuation of the good work that has been done by my predecessor."