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New Cape Town Mayor Plato says first task is to boost policing

The former Community Safety MEC was voted in on Tuesday and takes over from Patricia De Lille who has resigned from the Democratic Alliance.

Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato addresses his first council meeting after being elected as Mayor. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Newly elected Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato says one of his first tasks will be to help bolster policing.

The former Community Safety MEC was voted in on Tuesday and takes over from Patricia De Lille who has resigned from the Democratic Alliance.

He says crime is a key focus.

“One of my first tasks will be to recruit more metro police for the City of Cape Town.”

This came as the Bonteheuwel Joint Peace forum expressed the hope that Plato will focus on fighting gangsterism.

The forum's Nadia Mayman says: “As an organisation, we’re hoping the new mayor will show the political world to address the situation of crime and violence in the area and not just make promises that are not being kept in the long term.”

‘DA IS MORE UNITED’

Plato says the DA is more united now than it has been in recent months.

Plato received 70% of the votes during a special council sitting earlier on Tuesday.

Many opposition councillors lamented the fact that Plato is stepping into a “divided DA caucus”.

The African National Congress’ Xolani Sotashe on Tuesday highlighted the past few months of inner-party squabbling and public spats, as well as the Patricia de Lille saga.

“The lengths to which the DA has gone to get rid of [then] mayor De Lille has shown the party for what it is really: as a racist, illicit party which aims to protect white minority privilege at the expense of Africans, Coloureds and Indians.”

But Plato says he’s unfazed by what the opposition is saying. He says the caucus is “99%” unified after Tuesday.

“Looking at what happened in the House on Tuesday, it was definitely a unified caucus. I think expressions from councillors... they never had it in months as they had it today, even with me entering already just to come and engage the councillors. There’s a new vibe, that is what a caucus should be.”

Plato says he’s confident the caucus will be working together from now on.

WATCH: Meet the new mayor of Cape Town

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