ANC’s Eugene Johnson elected Nelson Mandela Bay’s new mayor.. The ANC’s Eugene Johnson has been elected as the new executive mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.
Johnson received 60 votes beating the Democratic Alliance’s (DA’s) mayoral candidate Nqaba Bhanga, who received 59 votes.
There were 120 councillors present in council at the Feather Market Centre in Gqeberha.
119 votes were cast and there were no spoiled ballot papers, while one councillor was absent from proceedings.
Councillor Buyelwa Mafaya was elected the deputy mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay unopposed.
Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality was among the 66 hung municipal councils following the local government elections earlier this month. The DA received 39.92% of votes while the ANC got 39.43%.
The president of the Northern Alliance (NA) Gary van Niekerk was elected council speaker by 60 votes, compared to DA’s councillor Rano Kayser, who got 59 votes.
Municipal councils are sitting this week to elect mayors, speakers and chief whips in municipalities.
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