South Africa’s opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) has won a crucial seat in the heart of the country as the party continues to gather popularity following the recent local government elections
Herman Mashaba is the new mayor of Johannesburg, after the African National Congress ruling party failed to win an outright majority in the city.
He defeated ANC’s candidate, Parks Tau, who’d been the mayor since 2011.
A hearty congratulations to the newly elected Mayor of the City of Johannesburg. I wish you well as the Mayor of all the citizens of Jhb.— Tito Mboweni (@tito_mboweni) August 22, 2016
The DA united with the Freedom Front Plus, Congress of the People, United Democratic Movement and African Christian Democratic Party who won support of the Economic Freedom Fighters.
The EFF holds a decisive 30 seats in the city and despite misgivings about Mashaba’s commitment to the poor it backed the DA in order to oust the ANC.
Four of the six largest cities in the country are now governed by mayors from the opposition party. This also includes Pretoria, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.
Our New Mayor of Johannesburg Mr Mashaba and Our New Speaker of Johannesburg Mr Da Gama 👏👏👏👏 Congratulations Guys pic.twitter.com/t2vQHWxC2m— Sopopa Sonke (@MtshaliKhekhzin) August 23, 2016
The DA came in at second place after the ANC party, during the municipal elections winning 104 seats out of the total 270 seats. The ANC won with 121 seats.
The municipal elections are considered the worst electoral performance for ANC since the end of apartheid.