Joburg Mayor Mashaba: Corruption is public enemy number 1

2016-08-22 21:44

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Johannesburg - DA councillor Herman Mashaba was voted in as mayor of Johannesburg during a council meeting on Monday night.

He defeated the ANC’s candidate and previous mayor Parks Tau with 144 votes to 125. The DA also claimed positions of speaker of council and chief whip.

After the announcement of his victory, Mashaba said a few words on what first order of business would be creating jobs.

"Our government needs to create an enabling environment. Small businesses, you will be my biggest friends," Mashaba said.

He also said corruption will be "public enemy number one".

He later told eNCA that he looked forward to working with the EFF, who helped Mashaba to win the Joburg ticket.

He also said council workers in the city needn't worry about their jobs, as long as they worked well.

Voting for both mayor and chief whip took place well into the night, following a day of drama and tragedy. ANC councillor, Nonhlanhla Mthembu, 50, collapsed and died just before voting for mayor was due to start.

Mashaba expressed his condolences to the ANC. Out of respect for Mthembu, he said he would postpone his inaugural speech to the council's next sitting on September 13.

During a brief speech, he acknowledged the presence of EFF MP Floyd Shivambu and party spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi. Last week, EFF leader Julius Malema said the party would vote with the DA in the major metros of Johannesburg, Tshwane, Ekurhuleni, and Nelson Mandela Bay. 

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Job creation my number one priority - Mashaba

"Thank you very much, for what you have done for this country," he told them.

He pledged to develop Johannesburg and vowed to end corruption. Government should not be an employer, but create an enabling environment for the private sector to employ people, he said.

Click here to find out how all the voting went down.

Read more on:    da  |  herman mashaba  |  parks tau  |  johannesburg  |  local elections 2016  |  politics  |  service delivery

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