Following a surprising victory in the City of Ekurhuleni and City of Johannesburg, the DA completed a clean sweep in the Gauteng’s big three municipalities when it captured the City of Tshwane this afternoon.
But unlike in Ekurhuleni and Johannesburg, where the ANC put up a brave fight, the victory in Tshwane was a walkover as the ANC decided not to participate in the elections. It did not put up a nomination for both the speaker and the mayor position.
The ANC’s decision to abstain meant that the DA won the city’s three top positions uncontested.
Katlego Rachel Mathebe was the first to be elected as speaker of the council before Randall Williams was also elected unopposed as mayor.
Mathebe was retained as the speaker for the second time after she was elected in 2016. Williams was also the mayor when the last term ended.
The win in Tshwane completed the DA’s hat-trick of dominating hung municipalities, even without coalition agreements with other political parties.
The DA will be running all three hung municipalities in Gauteng.
ANC chief whip and acting chairperson Aaron Maluleke welcomed the elections, saying the ANC was happy to pride in being an opposition:
He accused the EFF of being sell-outs who only know how to steal land.
“We hope your silent partners will take responsibility when we do the budget,” said Maluleke.
The EFF’s Obakeng Ramabodu defended his party, arguing that it does not owe anybody anything.
“We have no appointment with you. Tell the people of South Africa why you are in this mess,” he said. He said the ANC must blame itself for losing votes because of corruption.
Yesterday, the ANC lost the city of Ekurhuleni when councillor Tania Campbell defeated former mayor Mzwandile Masina, while Mpho Phalatse ended the hopes of ANC mayor Mpho Moerane’s dreams of a second term.
Williams said he was happy with the election and thanked the people of Tshwane for choosing him.
The ANC said it initially believed in the principle of the coalition but later realised that the coalition engagements “had lost political dignity and had no principle.”
ANC Gauteng secretary Jacob Khawe said:
He added that the party had already pronounced that it would not look for power at all costs.
“We want proper coalitions that serve the people, but we realised we are competing with a gang,” Khawe told Newzroom Afrika.
He said the ANC did not put up nominations during the council meeting because it had decided the best way was to “sit down and watch the space”.
The DA said it had full confidence that mayor Williams and his caucus would continue in the trajectory of good governance, eradicating corruption and serving in the interest of the people of Tshwane.