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ANC loses control of economic hub

The ANC’s loss of Johannesburg comes after it failed to retain control of the industrial hub of Ekurhuleni on the same day.
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South Africa’s ruling African National Congress lost control of the nation’s richest city as parties backed Mpho Phalatse from the main opposition Democratic Alliance as mayor of Johannesburg on Monday.

The parties installed Phalatse after the ANC failed to secure an outright majority in the city, tallying 33.60% in the November 1 local government elections. More than 60 local councils including major urban metropolitans did not have an outright winner.

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The DA won 26.1% and newly formed ActionSA, led by Herman Mashaba and hailed as a “king-maker” after its maiden election, got 16.1%. Mashaba, 62, was the mayor of Johannesburg from August 2016 to November 2019 when he was a DA member.

“ActionSA’s councilors have cast their votes for DA mayoral candidates in Johannesburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni,” Mashaba said in an emailed statement on Monday. “ActionSA made a commitment to all South Africans that, where we contest, we will unseat the ANC in these elections. We do not take this promise lightly.”

The ANC’s loss of Johannesburg comes after it failed to retain control of the industrial hub of Ekurhuleni on the same day. Council sittings for the capital, Tshwane and eThekwini in KwaZulu-Natal, a stronghold of former President Jacob Zuma, will also take place this week amid growing anticipation that the party’s mayoral candidates will lose to the opposition.

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Exciting times in South Africa. Not an ideal situation by any means but at least we are seeing the beginning of the end of the ANC’s hold on this country. A union of very different parties brought this about but they all have one thing in common — a desire to see the back of the ANC’s endless destruction. The real new dawn has arrived! Roll on 2024.

As with many things South African, on swallow does not make a summer. All the “ex ANC” municipalities have been hollowed out, raped financially really, by the ANC politicians and there chums appointed to municipal positions from the top down. So you have two major hurdles; no money or little new income and incompetent or crooked officials.

Now add the large ANC / EFF opposition who will refuse to co operate or compromise, simply and uncaringly derail anything they can. Then you have the poor and freeloaders, all wanting “service delivery”, to get something for nothing and to get a BEE slice of everything with minimal benefit to the city’s already depleted coffers. Finally you have the unions and AA requirements, mostly supporting the ANC destructive stance.

I do not predict too many improvements, certainly none in the short term.

Glad that people can now see that votes count and matter… we can all have a voice and we can all make change. Always get involved, always take a stand..

Our country has been through a lot, however the future is in our hands to make changes going forward.. lets all be part of the positive changes

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