The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is now a female-led government after the ANC’s Eugene Johnson was elected as the new executive mayor during the metro’s first council meeting following the national elections.
Johnson, who was nominated alongside former mayor, the DA’s Nqaba Bhanga, won with one vote after securing 60 votes against Bhanga’s 59.
During the inaugural council meeting held on Monday, Buyelwa Mafaya, also from the ANC and a former speaker of council, was elected as deputy executive mayor.
Northern Alliance president, Gary van Niekerk, was nominated alongside the DA’s Rano Kayser for the position of speaker. Kayser secured 59 of the 119 votes, which means that Van Niekerk won the nomination with 60 votes.
After his win, which led to cheers erupting from ANC councillors, Van Niekerk immediately started with his duties as speaker and welcomed Johnson to the podium under loud cheers and a standing ovation, to announce her mayoral committee.
“This government is represented by various political parties who were voted into power alongside me and by comrades in the ANC, to serve the city. We have come together under this ANC-led coalition formation because we believe that this is the only way to best serve all citizens of this city,” Johnson said.
“The last five years of the coalition government have been difficult. Our city has experienced multiple instances of coalition governments collapsing. This collapse in governance has resulted in a lack of service delivery and general deterioration of our municipality. However, things are going to change,” she added.
Johnson mentioned that she had thus taken the decision that the metro needs capable mayoral committee members.
- Infrastructure and Engineering: Stag Mitchell
- Public Health: Tshonono Buyeye
- Electricity and Engineering: Luxolo Namette
- Safety and Security: Lawrence Troon
- Economic Development, Tourism and Agriculture: Mkhuseli Jack
- Budget and Treasury: Tukela Zumani
- Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture: Mcebisi Bass Kamana
- Corporate Services: Makhi Feni
- Human Settlements: Itumeleng Ranyele
- Roads and Transport: Bongani Mani