New Western Cape speaker voted in

2012-02-23 10:55

Cape Town - DA MPL Richard Majola has been voted in as the new speaker of the Western Cape legislature, according to a report on Thursday.

Majola, the former deputy-speaker, garnered 26 votes, to beat the African National Congress's candidate Carol Beerwinkel with 13 votes, the Cape Times reported.

In his address before the house on Wednesday, Majola said he was humbled by the faith the DA caucus had placed in him and promised to treat all members equally.

Majola replaced Shahid Esau, who resigned to take up a position in the National Assembly.

Piet Pretorius, a former secretary of the legislature, was voted in as his deputy. Beerwinkel had also been nominated for the deputy post.