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2019-05-28 06:01
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The Provincial Parliament of the Western Cape held its first session last week, where Democratic Alliance (DA) candidate Alan Winde was officially elected and sworn in as the premier.

Following the members of the house being sworn in on Wednesday 22 May, an election for premier was held with a secret ballot after the African National Congress (ANC) contested Winde’s candidacy by nominating Cameron Dugmore.

Any sworn in member of the provincial parliament is eligible to become the premier, as long as they are nominated by another member of the house in the correct manner. Should more than one candidate be nominated, a secret vote takes place to decide the eventual premier. The same process is followed in the national parliament.

Winde won with a total of 24 votes, making up 60% of the vote, while Dugmore obtained 10 votes. Six ballots were spoilt and the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) abstained from the vote.

The official first sitting of the sixth provincial parliament took place following the national and provincial elections on Wednesday 8 May.

Other members, both new and returning, representing various parties were also sworn in as official members of the house.

As a speaker of the house had not yet been elected, judge president, John Hlope presided over the proceedings.

Of the 42 seats, the DA won 24 seats and the ANC won 12 seats. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) won two seats, the ACDP, Good party, Vryheidsfront Plus and Al Jama-Ah each won one seat.

The ANC and DA will each have to fill one seat, as Donald Grant from the DA and Ebrahim Rasool from the ANC have not taken up their seats in the provincial legislature.

Seats are allocated according to the percentage of the votes won in the provincial election.

“It is a great honour and privilege to have been sworn in as premier of the Western Cape (today) by judge president John Hlope,” said Winde.

V Continued on page 2.

“This is a day we have worked long and hard for, and I would like to say thank you to every single voter, and to my party, the Democratic Alliance, for the confidence and trust they have placed in me to lead the provincial government for the next five years. I would also like to thank my family for their unending and unwavering support on this journey.”

Following the election of the premier, the same process followed for election of the speaker and deputy speaker of the house.

The DA nominated Masizole Mnqasela, contested by Patronela Lekker from the ANC. Mnqasela won with 23 votes, Lekker received 12 votes, with two spoiled ballots and three abstentions from the ACDP and EFF.

For the deputy speaker, the DA nominated former provincial minister for economic opportunities Beverley Schäfer contested by ANC candidate Lulama Mvimbi. The EFF and ACDP members abstained again. Schäfer won the election with 23 votes to Mvimbi’s 12. Further two votes were spoiled.

Following his election, Winde urged all members of parliament to work together.

“I hope to work in a constructive manner with the opposition in the Western Cape, to ensure we do justice to our role as members of the provincial legislature representing the people of the province,” he said.

“My undertaking is to lead this province in the interests of all so that we make a tangible difference to people’s lives. It is our duty and responsibility to ensure that this is a better province tomorrow, than it is today,” he concluded.V For more see our Facebook page.

The Provincial Parliament of the Western Cape held its first session last week, where Democratic Alliance (DA) candidate Alan Winde was officially elected and sworn in as the premier.

Following the members of the house being sworn in on Wednesday 22 May, an election for premier was held with a secret ballot after the African National Congress (ANC) contested Winde’s candidacy by nominating Cameron Dugmore.

Any sworn in member of the provincial parliament is eligible to become the premier, as long as they are nominated by another member of the house in the correct manner. Should more than one candidate be nominated, a secret vote takes place to decide the eventual premier. The same process is followed in the national parliament.

Winde won with a total of 24 votes, making up 60% of the vote, while Dugmore obtained 10 votes. Six ballots were spoilt and the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) abstained from the vote.

The official first sitting of the sixth provincial parliament took place following the national and provincial elections on Wednesday 8 May.

Other members, both new and returning, representing various parties were also sworn in as official members of the house.

As a speaker of the house had not yet been elected, judge president, John Hlope presided over the proceedings.

Of the 42 seats, the DA won 24 seats and the ANC won 12 seats. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) won two seats, the ACDP, Good party, Vryheidsfront Plus and Al Jama-Ah each won one seat.

The ANC and DA will each have to fill one seat, as Donald Grant from the DA and Ebrahim Rasool from the ANC have not taken up their seats in the provincial legislature.

Seats are allocated according to the percentage of the votes won in the provincial election.

“It is a great honour and privilege to have been sworn in as premier of the Western Cape (today) by judge president John Hlope,” said Winde.

“This is a day we have worked long and hard for, and I would like to say thank you to every single voter, and to my party, the Democratic Alliance, for the confidence and trust they have placed in me to lead the provincial government for the next five years. I would also like to thank my family for their unending and unwavering support on this journey.”

Following the election of the premier, the same process followed for election of the speaker and deputy speaker of the house.

The DA nominated Masizole Mnqasela, contested by Patronela Lekker from the ANC. Mnqasela won with 23 votes, Lekker received 12 votes, with two spoiled ballots and three abstentions from the ACDP and EFF.

For the deputy speaker, the DA nominated former provincial minister for economic opportunities Beverley Schäfer contested by ANC candidate Lulama Mvimbi. The EFF and ACDP members abstained again. Schäfer won the election with 23 votes to Mvimbi’s 12. Further two votes were spoiled.

Following his election, Winde urged all members of parliament to work together.

“I hope to work in a constructive manner with the opposition in the Western Cape, to ensure we do justice to our role as members of the provincial legislature representing the people of the province,” he said.

“My undertaking is to lead this province in the interests of all so that we make a tangible difference to people’s lives. It is our duty and responsibility to ensure that this is a better province tomorrow, than it is today,” he concluded.V For more see our Facebook page for more photos and videos.

The Provincial Parliament of the Western Cape held its first session last week, where Democratic Alliance (DA) candidate Alan Winde was officially elected and sworn in as the premier.

Following the members of the house being sworn in on Wednesday 22 May, an election for premier was held with a secret ballot after the African National Congress (ANC) contested Winde’s candidacy by nominating Cameron Dugmore.

Any sworn in member of the provincial parliament is eligible to become the premier, as long as they are nominated by another member of the house in the correct manner. Should more than one candidate be nominated, a secret vote takes place to decide the eventual premier. The same process is followed in the national parliament.

Winde won with a total of 24 votes, making up 60% of the vote, while Dugmore obtained 10 votes. Six ballots were spoilt and the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) abstained from the vote.

The official first sitting of the sixth provincial parliament took place following the national and provincial elections on Wednesday 8 May.

Other members, both new and returning, representing various parties were also sworn in as official members of the house.

As a speaker of the house had not yet been elected, judge president, John Hlope presided over the proceedings.

Of the 42 seats, the DA won 24 seats and the ANC won 12 seats. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) won two seats, the ACDP, Good party, Vryheidsfront Plus and Al Jama-Ah each won one seat.

The ANC and DA will each have to fill one seat, as Donald Grant from the DA and Ebrahim Rasool from the ANC have not taken up their seats in the provincial legislature.

Seats are allocated according to the percentage of the votes won in the provincial election.

“It is a great honour and privilege to have been sworn in as premier of the Western Cape (today) by judge president John Hlope,” said Winde.

“This is a day we have worked long and hard for, and I would like to say thank you to every single voter, and to my party, the Democratic Alliance, for the confidence and trust they have placed in me to lead the provincial government for the next five years. I would also like to thank my family for their unending and unwavering support on this journey.”

Following the election of the premier, the same process followed for election of the speaker and deputy speaker of the house.

The DA nominated Masizole Mnqasela, contested by Patronela Lekker from the ANC. Mnqasela won with 23 votes, Lekker received 12 votes, with two spoiled ballots and three abstentions from the ACDP and EFF.

For the deputy speaker, the DA nominated former provincial minister for economic opportunities Beverley Schäfer contested by ANC candidate Lulama Mvimbi. The EFF and ACDP members abstained again. Schäfer won the election with 23 votes to Mvimbi’s 12. Further two votes were spoiled.

Following his election, Winde urged all members of parliament to work together.

“I hope to work in a constructive manner with the opposition in the Western Cape, to ensure we do justice to our role as members of the provincial legislature representing the people of the province,” he said.

“My undertaking is to lead this province in the interests of all so that we make a tangible difference to people’s lives. It is our duty and responsibility to ensure that this is a better province tomorrow, than it is today,” he concluded.V For more see our Facebook page.

The Provincial Parliament of the Western Cape held its first session last week, where Democratic Alliance (DA) candidate Alan Winde was officially elected and sworn in as the premier.

Following the members of the house being sworn in on Wednesday 22 May, an election for premier was held with a secret ballot after the African National Congress (ANC) contested Winde’s candidacy by nominating Cameron Dugmore.

Any sworn in member of the provincial parliament is eligible to become the premier, as long as they are nominated by another member of the house in the correct manner. Should more than one candidate be nominated, a secret vote takes place to decide the eventual premier. The same process is followed in the national parliament.

Winde won with a total of 24 votes, making up 60% of the vote, while Dugmore obtained 10 votes. Six ballots were spoilt and the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) abstained from the vote.

The official first sitting of the sixth provincial parliament took place following the national and provincial elections on Wednesday 8 May.

Other members, both new and returning, representing various parties were also sworn in as official members of the house.

As a speaker of the house had not yet been elected, judge president, John Hlope presided over the proceedings.

Of the 42 seats, the DA won 24 seats and the ANC won 12 seats. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) won two seats, the ACDP, Good party, Vryheidsfront Plus and Al Jama-Ah each won one seat.

The ANC and DA will each have to fill one seat, as Donald Grant from the DA and Ebrahim Rasool from the ANC have not taken up their seats in the provincial legislature.

Seats are allocated according to the percentage of the votes won in the provincial election.

“It is a great honour and privilege to have been sworn in as premier of the Western Cape (today) by judge president John Hlope,” said Winde.

“This is a day we have worked long and hard for, and I would like to say thank you to every single voter, and to my party, the Democratic Alliance, for the confidence and trust they have placed in me to lead the provincial government for the next five years. I would also like to thank my family for their unending and unwavering support on this journey.”

Following the election of the premier, the same process followed for election of the speaker and deputy speaker of the house.

The DA nominated Masizole Mnqasela, contested by Patronela Lekker from the ANC. Mnqasela won with 23 votes, Lekker received 12 votes, with two spoiled ballots and three abstentions from the ACDP and EFF.

For the deputy speaker, the DA nominated former provincial minister for economic opportunities Beverley Schäfer contested by ANC candidate Lulama Mvimbi. The EFF and ACDP members abstained again. Schäfer won the election with 23 votes to Mvimbi’s 12. Further two votes were spoiled.

Following his election, Winde urged all members of parliament to work together.

The Provincial Parliament of the Western Cape held its first session last week, where Democratic Alliance (DA) candidate Alan Winde was officially elected and sworn in as the premier.

Following the members of the house being sworn in on Wednesday 22 May, an election for premier was held with a secret ballot after the African National Congress (ANC) contested Winde’s candidacy by nominating Cameron Dugmore.

Any sworn in member of the provincial parliament is eligible to become the premier, as long as they are nominated by another member of the house in the correct manner. Should more than one candidate be nominated, a secret vote takes place to decide the eventual premier.

The same process is followed in the national parliament.

Winde won with a total of 24 votes, making up 60% of the vote, while Dugmore obtained 10 votes. Six ballots were spoilt and the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) abstained from the vote.

The official first sitting of the sixth provincial parliament took place following the national and provincial elections on Wednesday 8 May.

Other members, both new and returning, representing various parties were also sworn in as official members of the house.

As a speaker of the house had not yet been elected, judge president, John Hlope presided over the proceedings.

Of the 42 seats, the DA won 24 seats and the ANC won 12 seats. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) won two seats, the ACDP, Good party, Vryheidsfront Plus and Al Jama-Ah each won one seat.

The ANC and DA will each have to fill one seat, as Donald Grant from the DA and Ebrahim Rasool from the ANC have not taken up their seats in the provincial legislature.

Seats are allocated according to the percentage of the votes won in the provincial election.

“It is a great honour and privilege to have been sworn in as premier of the Western Cape (today) by judge president John Hlope,” said Winde.

V Continued on page 2.

The Provincial Parliament of the Western Cape held its first session last week, where Democratic Alliance (DA) candidate Alan Winde was officially elected and sworn in as the premier.

Following the members of the house being sworn in on Wednesday 22 May, an election for premier was held with a secret ballot after the African National Congress (ANC) contested Winde’s candidacy by nominating Cameron Dugmore.

Any sworn in member of the provincial parliament is eligible to become the premier, as long as they are nominated by another member of the house in the correct manner. Should more than one candidate be nominated, a secret vote takes place to decide the eventual premier. The same process is followed in the national parliament.

Winde won with a total of 24 votes, making up 60% of the vote, while Dugmore obtained 10 votes. Six ballots were spoilt and the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) abstained from the vote.

The official first sitting of the sixth provincial parliament took place following the national and provincial elections on Wednesday 8 May.

Other members, both new and returning, representing various parties were also sworn in as official members of the house.

As a speaker of the house had not yet been elected, judge president, John Hlope presided over the proceedings.

Of the 42 seats, the DA won 24 seats and the ANC won 12 seats. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) won two seats, the ACDP, Good party, Vryheidsfront Plus and Al Jama-Ah each won one seat.

The ANC and DA will each have to fill one seat, as Donald Grant from the DA and Ebrahim Rasool from the ANC have not taken up their seats in the provincial legislature.

Seats are allocated according to the percentage of the votes won in the provincial election.

“It is a great honour and privilege to have been sworn in as premier of the Western Cape (today) by judge president John Hlope,” said Winde.

“This is a day we have worked long and hard for, and I would like to say thank you to every single voter, and to my party, the Democratic Alliance, for the confidence and trust they have placed in me to lead the provincial government for the next five years. I would also like to thank my family for their unending and unwavering support on this journey.”

Following the election of the premier, the same process followed for election of the speaker and deputy speaker of the house.

The DA nominated Masizole Mnqasela, contested by Patronela Lekker from the ANC. Mnqasela won with 23 votes, Lekker received 12 votes, with two spoiled ballots and three abstentions from the ACDP and EFF.

For the deputy speaker, the DA nominated former provincial minister for economic opportunities Beverley Schäfer contested by ANC candidate Lulama Mvimbi. The EFF and ACDP members abstained again. Schäfer won the election with 23 votes to Mvimbi’s 12. Further two votes were spoiled.

Following his election, Winde urged all members of parliament to work together.

“I hope to work in a constructive manner with the opposition in the Western Cape, to ensure we do justice to our role as members of the provincial legislature representing the people of the province,” he said.

“My undertaking is to lead this province in the interests of all so that we make a tangible difference to people’s lives. It is our duty and responsibility to ensure that this is a better province tomorrow, than it is today,” he concluded.V For more see our Facebook page.

The Provincial Parliament of the Western Cape held its first session last week, where Democratic Alliance (DA) candidate Alan Winde was officially elected and sworn in as the premier.

Following the members of the house being sworn in on Wednesday 22 May, an election for premier was held with a secret ballot after the African National Congress (ANC) contested Winde’s candidacy by nominating Cameron Dugmore.

Any sworn in member of the provincial parliament is eligible to become the premier, as long as they are nominated by another member of the house in the correct manner. Should more than one candidate be nominated, a secret vote takes place to decide the eventual premier. The same process is followed in the national parliament.

Winde won with a total of 24 votes, making up 60% of the vote, while Dugmore obtained 10 votes. Six ballots were spoilt and the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) abstained from the vote.

The official first sitting of the sixth provincial parliament took place following the national and provincial elections on Wednesday 8 May.

Other members, both new and returning, representing various parties were also sworn in as official members of the house.

As a speaker of the house had not yet been elected, judge president, John Hlope presided over the proceedings.

Of the 42 seats, the DA won 24 seats and the ANC won 12 seats. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) won two seats, the ACDP, Good party, Vryheidsfront Plus and Al Jama-Ah each won one seat.

The ANC and DA will each have to fill one seat, as Donald Grant from the DA and Ebrahim Rasool from the ANC have not taken up their seats in the provincial legislature.

Seats are allocated according to the percentage of the votes won in the provincial election.

“It is a great honour and privilege to have been sworn in as premier of the Western Cape (today) by judge president John Hlope,” said Winde.

“This is a day we have worked long and hard for, and I would like to say thank you to every single voter, and to my party, the Democratic Alliance, for the confidence and trust they have placed in me to lead the provincial government for the next five years. I would also like to thank my family for their unending and unwavering support on this journey.”

Following the election of the premier, the same process followed for election of the speaker and deputy speaker of the house.

The DA nominated Masizole Mnqasela, contested by Patronela Lekker from the ANC. Mnqasela won with 23 votes, Lekker received 12 votes, with two spoiled ballots and three abstentions from the ACDP and EFF.

For the deputy speaker, the DA nominated former provincial minister for economic opportunities Beverley Schäfer contested by ANC candidate Lulama Mvimbi. The EFF and ACDP members abstained again. Schäfer won the election with 23 votes to Mvimbi’s 12. Further two votes were spoiled.

Following his election, Winde urged all members of parliament to work together.“I hope to work in a constructive manner with the opposition in the Western Cape, to ensure we do justice to our role as members of the provincial legislature representing the people of the province,” he said.

“My undertaking is to lead this province in the interests of all so that we make a tangible difference to people’s lives. It is our duty and responsibility to ensure that this is a better province tomorrow, than it is today,” he concluded.V For more see our Facebook page.

The Provincial Parliament of the Western Cape held its first session last week, where Democratic Alliance (DA) candidate Alan Winde was officially elected and sworn in as the premier.

Following the members of the house being sworn in on Wednesday 22 May, an election for premier was held with a secret ballot after the African National Congress (ANC) contested Winde’s candidacy by nominating Cameron Dugmore.

Any sworn in member of the provincial parliament is eligible to become the premier, as long as they are nominated by another member of the house in the correct manner. Should more than one candidate be nominated, a secret vote takes place to decide the eventual premier.

The same process is followed in the national parliament.

Winde won with a total of 24 votes, making up 60% of the vote, while Dugmore obtained 10 votes. Six ballots were spoilt and the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) abstained from the vote.

The official first sitting of the sixth provincial parliament took place following the national and provincial elections on Wednesday 8 May.

Other members, both new and returning, representing various parties were also sworn in as official members of the house.

As a speaker of the house had not yet been elected, judge president, John Hlope presided over the proceedings.

Of the 42 seats, the DA won 24 seats and the ANC won 12 seats. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) won two seats, the ACDP, Good party, Vryheidsfront Plus and Al Jama-Ah each won one seat.

The ANC and DA will each have to fill one seat, as Donald Grant from the DA and Ebrahim Rasool from the ANC have not taken up their seats in the provincial legislature.

Seats are allocated according to the percentage of the votes won in the provincial election.

“It is a great honour and privilege to have been sworn in as premier of the Western Cape (today) by judge president John Hlope,” said Winde.

“This is a day we have worked long and hard for, and I would like to say thank you to every single voter, and to my party, the Democratic Alliance, for the confidence and trust they have placed in me to lead the provincial government for the next five years. I would also like to thank my family for their unending and unwavering support on this journey.”

Following the election of the premier, the same process followed for election of the speaker and deputy speaker of the house.

The DA nominated Masizole Mnqasela, contested by Patronela Lekker from the ANC. Mnqasela won with 23 votes, Lekker received 12 votes, with two spoiled ballots and three abstentions from the ACDP and EFF.

For the deputy speaker, the DA nominated former provincial minister for economic opportunities Beverley Schäfer contested by ANC candidate Lulama Mvimbi. The EFF and ACDP members abstained again. Schäfer won the election with 23 votes to Mvimbi’s 12. Further two votes were spoiled.

Following his election, Winde urged all members of parliament to work together.“I hope to work in a constructive manner with the opposition in the Western Cape, to ensure we do justice to our role as members of the provincial legislature representing the people of the province,” he said.

“My undertaking is to lead this province in the interests of all so that we make a tangible difference to people’s lives. It is our duty and responsibility to ensure that this is a better province tomorrow, than it is today,” he concluded.V For more see our Facebook page.

The Provincial Parliament of the Western Cape held its first session last week, where Democratic Alliance (DA) candidate Alan Winde was officially elected and sworn in as the premier.

Following the members of the house being sworn in on Wednesday 22 May, an election for premier was held with a secret ballot after the African National Congress (ANC) contested Winde’s candidacy by nominating Cameron Dugmore.

Any sworn in member of the provincial parliament is eligible to become the premier, as long as they are nominated by another member of the house in the correct manner. Should more than one candidate be nominated, a secret vote takes place to decide the eventual premier. The same process is followed in the national parliament.

Winde won with a total of 24 votes, making up 60% of the vote, while Dugmore obtained 10 votes. Six ballots were spoilt and the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) abstained from the vote.

The official first sitting of the sixth provincial parliament took place following the national and provincial elections on Wednesday 8 May.

Other members, both new and returning, representing various parties were also sworn in as official members of the house.

As a speaker of the house had not yet been elected, judge president, John Hlope presided over the proceedings.

Of the 42 seats, the DA won 24 seats and the ANC won 12 seats. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) won two seats, the ACDP, Good party, Vryheidsfront Plus and Al Jama-Ah each won one seat.

The ANC and DA will each have to fill one seat, as Donald Grant from the DA and Ebrahim Rasool from the ANC have not taken up their seats in the provincial legislature.

Seats are allocated according to the percentage of the votes won in the provincial election.

“It is a great honour and privilege to have been sworn in as premier of the Western Cape (today) by judge president John Hlope,” said Winde.

“This is a day we have worked long and hard for, and I would like to say thank you to every single voter, and to my party, the Democratic Alliance, for the confidence and trust they have placed in me to lead the provincial government for the next five years. I would also like to thank my family for their unending and unwavering support on this journey.”

Following the election of the premier, the same process followed for election of the speaker and deputy speaker of the house.

The DA nominated Masizole Mnqasela, contested by Patronela Lekker from the ANC. Mnqasela won with 23 votes, Lekker received 12 votes, with two spoiled ballots and three abstentions from the ACDP and EFF.

For the deputy speaker, the DA nominated former provincial minister for economic opportunities Beverley Schäfer contested by ANC candidate Lulama Mvimbi. The EFF and ACDP members abstained again. Schäfer won the election with 23 votes to Mvimbi’s 12. Further two votes were spoiled.

Following his election, Winde urged all members of parliament to work together.

“I hope to work in a constructive manner with the opposition in the Western Cape, to ensure we do justice to our role as members of the provincial legislature representing the people of the province,” he said.

“My undertaking is to lead this province in the interests of all so that we make a tangible difference to people’s lives. It is our duty and responsibility to ensure that this is a better province tomorrow, than it is today,” he concluded.V For more see our Facebook page.

The Provincial Parliament of the Western Cape held its first session last week, where Democratic Alliance (DA) candidate Alan Winde was officially elected and sworn in as the premier.

Following the members of the house being sworn in on Wednesday 22 May, an election for premier was held with a secret ballot after the African National Congress (ANC) contested Winde’s candidacy by nominating Cameron Dugmore.

Any sworn in member of the provincial parliament is eligible to become the premier, as long as they are nominated by another member of the house in the correct manner. Should more than one candidate be nominated, a secret vote takes place to decide the eventual premier. The same process is followed in the national parliament.

Winde won with a total of 24 votes, making up 60% of the vote, while Dugmore obtained 10 votes. Six ballots were spoilt and the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) abstained from the vote.

The official first sitting of the sixth provincial parliament took place following the national and provincial elections on Wednesday 8 May.

Other members, both new and returning, representing various parties were also sworn in as official members of the house.

As a speaker of the house had not yet been elected, judge president, John Hlope presided over the proceedings.

Of the 42 seats, the DA won 24 seats and the ANC won 12 seats. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) won two seats, the ACDP, Good party, Vryheidsfront Plus and Al Jama-Ah each won one seat.

The ANC and DA will each have to fill one seat, as Donald Grant from the DA and Ebrahim Rasool from the ANC have not taken up their seats in the provincial legislature.

Seats are allocated according to the percentage of the votes won in the provincial election.

“It is a great honour and privilege to have been sworn in as premier of the Western Cape (today) by judge president John Hlope,” said Winde.

“This is a day we have worked long and hard for, and I would like to say thank you to every single voter, and to my party, the Democratic Alliance, for the confidence and trust they have placed in me to lead the provincial government for the next five years. I would also like to thank my family for their unending and unwavering support on this journey.”

Following the election of the premier, the same process followed for election of the speaker and deputy speaker of the house.

The DA nominated Masizole Mnqasela, contested by Patronela Lekker from the ANC. Mnqasela won with 23 votes, Lekker received 12 votes, with two spoiled ballots and three abstentions from the ACDP and EFF.

For the deputy speaker, the DA nominated former provincial minister for economic opportunities Beverley Schäfer contested by ANC candidate Lulama Mvimbi. The EFF and ACDP members abstained again. Schäfer won the election with 23 votes to Mvimbi’s 12. Further two votes were spoiled.

Following his election, Winde urged all members of parliament to work together.

“I hope to work in a constructive manner with the opposition in the Western Cape, to ensure we do justice to our role as members of the provincial legislature representing the people of the province,” he said.

“My undertaking is to lead this province in the interests of all so that we make a tangible difference to people’s lives. It is our duty and responsibility to ensure that this is a better province tomorrow, than it is today,” he concluded.V For more see our Facebook page.

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