DA back in City of Tshwane seat

2021-Nov-25   13:28

DA back in City of Tshwane seat
The Democratic Alliance (DA) has retained the mayorship of City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality. Randall Williams was elected unopposed on Tuesday.
Source: Randall Williams/Twitter

- Gomolemo Mothomogolo

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has retained the mayorship of City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality. Randall Williams was elected unopposed on Tuesday.

The DA-led government has been running the municipality since the 2016 local government through a coalition.

In addition to Williams, the DA's Katlego Mathebe was elected Speaker and fellow party member, Christo van den Heever, the council's Chief Whip.

Williams said councillors should create a conducive environment for the municipality to function effectively.

“To do that requires ensuring we have sound governance processes in place and that we create a culture of accountability and transparency,” said the mayor.

“As elected councillors we all have an individual part to play and a collective responsibility as members of political parties to ensure that the Tshwane Council delivers on its mandate to the residents of our city," he said.

But ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba said the DA will need its support to pass budgets soon and his party is open to engagement.

“We don’t have an agreement with the EFF. We wanted to ensure that the ANC doesn’t get back into power. The DA will run a minority government and they won’t be able to run this government without talking to us. Otherwise, they can continue talking to the ANC. If they continue doing deals with the ANC we are happy with that,” said Mashaba.

He said ActionSA will only engage with the DA if the EFF is part of the coalitions talks.

The ANC did not field a mayoral candidate despite indicating that it would nominate Frans Boshielo for the capital city's number one citizen.

ANC Chief whip, Aaron Maluleke, described the EFF as the DA’s silent partners.

“We are hoping that your silent partners that fail to take responsibility will carry you when we pass the budget," said Maluleke.

The ANC has got the majority of Tshwane council seats at 75, followed by the DA with 69, EFF has 23 councillors, ActionSA 19  while Freedom Front Plus is represented by 17 councillors.

The EFF denied claims that it has forged an agreement with the DA, saying it voted with DA because its top priority was ensuring that the ANC loses power in municipalities.

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