Newly elected City of Johannesburg Mayor Dr Mpho Phalatse says her election signals that democracy in South Africa is maturing, with multi-party governments becoming the order of the day.

A first female Mayor for the country’s economic hub, Phalatse says it’s now time for the citizens of the city to have access to basic services, irrespective of their political affiliation.

She won 144 votes, beating the African National Congress’ (ANC) Mpho Moerane who got 121 votes.

Phalatse was cheered by the Democratic Alliance (DA) members in the council, as the announcement was made by the newly elected Speaker who is also a DA member, Vasco Da Gama.

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Speaking to the media just after being announced as the new Mayor, Phalatse said: “I’m quite honored to be the first female Mayor of Johannesburg. It’s a huge honour, I do not take it for granted. Joburg is the economic hub of the country and in many ways of the continent.”

“To be trusted with such a mammoth task as a female, is really saying to a lot of women out there, you can do it, you can be trusted too and you’re not the other, you’re good enough. I hope this can be a trailblazer for all the women out there coming after me who also put their hand up for all sorts of things.”

Video: DA’s Mpho Phalatse is the new Mayor of Johannesburg