The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) Vasco Da Gama is now the new Speaker for the City of Johannesburg.
He’s just been elected at the first council sitting under way in Johannesburg, with 147 votes, followed by the ANC’s Eunice Mgcina with 118 votes. 266 votes were counted for this position.
Reporter Natasha Phiri gives an update:
This has come as a huge blow for the ANC. Member of the party’s National Executive Committee, Nomvula Mokonyane says this is concerning for the ANC.
Next to be elected is the Chief Whip, followed by the Mayor for the City of Joburg.
Mokonyane says they accept the result.
“It is democracy at play, we wish him well. We appreciate Eunice’s availability and we have to move and make sure the council sits well. And it focuses on the business at hand.”