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DA's Winde elected as new WC premier

Winde received 24 votes, the ANC's Cameron Dugmore 10 and there were 6 spoiled votes.

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde in the Western Cape legislature on 22 May 2019. Picture: @WesternCapeGov/Twitter

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance's (DA) Alan Winde has been elected as the new premier of the Western Cape.

Winde received 24 votes, the ANC's Cameron Dugmore 10 and there were 6 spoiled votes. The African Christian Democratic Party’s Ferlon Christians abstained.

He took over from Helen Zille and will announce his new Cabinet on Thursday.

Winde urged all members of the provincial legislature to work together as one. It was no surprise that Winde was elected as premier, with the DA filling 24 of the 42 available seats in the provincial legislature.

He has urged all MPLs to work together to make the province better.

Meanwhile, the ANC has sent a statement explaining Ebrahim Rasool’s absence in the legislature.

Rasool decided to resign before even being sworn in as an MPL, saying he never had any intention of returning to the legislature after helping the ANC in its election campaign. Rasool's name was on the preliminary list of MPLs, but it was not called out during the swearing in of members. This leaves one of the ANC’s seats open.

Another surprise was former transport MEC Donald Grant, whose name was also on the initial list. He was not present at the swearing-in ceremony, as he had apparently resigned. Newcomer and former City of Cape Town councillor Gillion Bosman has filled his seat.

Winde said the first order of business would be to open his office to the public once a month.

He said he would be introducing an "open government" policy on the first Thursday of every month.

“All the ministers will be available without an appointment, you can come and see us on the first Thursday of every month until 9pm.”

While Winde has asked all MPLs to work together to improve the province, he might have his hands full when in chambers with the Freedom Front Plus' Peter Marais.

Marais has promised to push the “Afrikaans agenda” in the legislature and he delivered on that on Wednesday by objecting to English being the only language spoken during the sitting.

He even asked DA members whether they could speak Afrikaans, which garnered some laughs from MPLs, although his objection was dismissed.

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