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Photo: Mzwandile Masina

BREAKING: DA win big in Ekurhuleni, Tania Campbell elected Mayor

The ANC are reeling after losing control of Ekurhuleni, with Campbell and Raymond Dlamini taking Mayor and Speaker positions respectively.

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Photo: Mzwandile Masina

Stunning scenes have unfolded in Ekurhuleni, where the ANC have lost control of the metro to the Democratic Alliance (DA). Tania Campbell is now the executive mayor of the City of Ekurhuleni, with longstanding ANC mayor Mzwandile Masina losing out. 

Campbell took 116 votes, with Masina receiving 105 votes  in the 224-seat council

Masina congratulates Campbell for Ekurhuleni victory 

In a tweet, Masina congratulated Campbell and insisted that the transition will be peaceful. 

“Congratulations to the newly elected Exec. Mayor of the City of Ekurhuleni Cllr Tania Campbell. As an outgoing Mayor we are committed to a peaceful transition of power. Thank you to and our coalition partners for the opportunity to serve the city these past 5 years. Asbonge,” he said. 

The DA had to make a U-turn on their election strategy and put Campbell forward for the metro’s top job after initial mayoral candidate Refiloe Nt’sekhe withdrew from her position as councillor. 

Nt’shekhe clarifies resignation rumours

The DA have swept home major victories in the metro on Monday, securing its first victory after Raymond Dlamini took over the speaker of council position from the ANC’s Patricia Khumalo. 

Refiloe Nt’sekhe – who was the DA’s candidate for the Mayoral position before absconding from today’s meeting – clarified that she had made the decision to resign from the opposition party earlier this month, but was still standing behind the party with her full support. Speculation has been growing that Nt’sekhe had grown dispondent due to a belief that she was being used by the party to garner black votes.

“On the 8th of November, I submitted my resignation to the DA provincial structures indicating that because the numbers were not looking positive, I would release myself from my seat as a councillor and continue to serve Ekurhuleni from my position as Gauteng legislature member,” she told TimesLIVE.

“Clearly what has happened today is that the ANC has decided to use this as a political ploy. And have not processed the resignation, therefore also using the racial narrative which is actually quite wrong.”