The Democratic Alliance has booted the ANC out of the top three positions in the City of Tshwane, with its members being voted into the position of mayor, chief whip and speaker in the metro.
DA mayoral candidate Solly Msimanga was sworn in as mayor of the metro on Friday (18 August)‚ while Christian van der Heever was elected unopposed as the chief whip and Katlego Rachel Matheba is the new speaker.
This gives the DA a decisive win in the second of three metros that were seen as the most hotly contested in the elections, with the battle for Joburg still to play out. However, with EFF support, the blue party is expected to come out on top in the metro as well.
Controversial ANC candidate Thoko Didiza was a no-show on Friday, mirroring the absence of the party’s candidate in Nelson Mandela Bay, Danny Jordaan, who also skipped the losing battle in that metro.
The ANC’s decision to put Didiza forward as the party’s candidate in Tshwane resulting in protest and violence when it was announced.
The ANC’s loss in the metro has been largely credited to a mass-stay away from voters unhappy with her candidacy.
According to reports, Didiza has not been seen in the metro since it became apparent that the ANC would lose mayorship.
Speaking after being elected mayor, Msimanga said that it was now up to the DA to fulfill its party manifesto and deliver on its election promises.
“This is not just any City, but our Capital. We have a responsibility to ensure that we set the highest possible standard for the rest of the country. We must be a shining example for all our people across South Africa,” he said.
“The DA led government will ensure that this happens. It starts today with us, together.”
The party would focus on unemployment, service delivery and uplifting the poor, while taking a zero-tolerance approach to corruption, he said.