Tshwane council. (News24)
Johannesburg - The last of the country's major metros
elected their respective mayors and speakers on Tuesday, heralding a new era of
local politics in South Africa.
Political analysts Lawson Naidoo and Ralph Mathekga say
South Africa's local government landscape will be unpredictable, at least for
the next few months.
Mathekga could not see a commitment from any party about how
metros would be run.
“With the EFF, they don't have a grand coalition, and they
could possibly continue disrupting when things happen that they don't agree
“The bigger game plan is yet to unfold. We will have to see
if the DA will yield to some things by the EFF.
“With the ANC, being in opposition, I don't think they are
ready for that. They have been traumatised,” he said.
Budgets and promises
Naidoo said parties would have to find ways to meet their
promises to voters using budgets that had already been approved.
“They already have something to work with, and they need to
prioritise to meet their promises.”
Things could get interesting with the next budgets.
“That is going to be where the intense negotiations will
take place. They will have to find compromises and find each other,” Naidoo
The ANC lost control of three major metros: Johannesburg,
Tshwane, and Nelson Mandela Bay. Secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on
Tuesday that the party wanted to go to the people and “own-up where we have
“The ANC, if it is effective in opposition benches, can
actually turn the balance of forces in its favour. Work hard, accept that you
are in opposition,” he said.
The opposition constantly needed to interrogate matters. If
it did that it could prove that it had governed Tshwane and Johannesburg well.
Here is the list of the new mayors and speakers in the
country's eight metros:
Mayor - Xola Phakathi (ANC)
Speaker - Alfred Mtsi
City of Cape Town
Mayor - Patricia De Lille (DA)
Speaker - Dirk Smit (DA)
City of Johannesburg
Mayor - Herman Mashaba (DA)
Speaker - Vasco da Gama (DA)
City of Tshwane
Mayor - Solly Msimanga (DA)
Speaker - Katlego Rachel Matheba (DA)
Mayor - Mzwandile Masina (ANC)
Speaker - Patricia Kumalo (ANC)
Mayor - Zandile Gumede
Speaker - Lekgoa Mapena (ANC)
Mayor - Olly Mlamleli (ANC)
Speaker - Mxolisi Siyonzana (ANC)
Nelson Mandela Bay
Mayor - Athol Trollip (DA)
Speaker - Jonathan Lawack (DA)