Thapelo Amad

Thapelo Amad was sworn in as the new mayor of Johannesburg on 30 January 2023. Image: Gallo Images

Thapelo Amad sworn in as the new mayor of Johannesburg

Thapelo Amad was voted in on Friday after the Democratic Alliance’s Mpho Phalatse was removed by a motion of no confidence.

Thapelo Amad

Thapelo Amad was sworn in as the new mayor of Johannesburg on 30 January 2023. Image: Gallo Images

Thapelo Amad was officially sworn in as the new mayor of Johannesburg on Monday 30 January 2023.

Present at his swearing-in ceremony was Lesufi, the ambassadors of Qatar, Palestine, and Saudi Arabia and Turkey, as well as Ganief Hendricks, the leader of Al Jama-ah.

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In his acceptance speech, Amad committed to taking on service delivery and restoring financial stability.

Amad said that it is a known fact that they inherited “a city under massive financial strain.” He emphasised that financial stability needed to be prioritised and that the focus would be on collecting revenue.

He also wants to go over the R2 billion loan the Democratic Alliance (DA) wanted from the Development Bank of SA.

The party brought a motion to obtain the loan, but the opposition voted against it.

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Next on Amad’s list was the electricity crisis.

“Energy security is one of the key priorities. We need to fix ageing infrastructure, including roads which have become dangerous due to potholes. We also need to fix drains which have led to flooding.

The mayor wants to ensure refuse removal and find innovative ways to conserve water as ‘they fix the water infrastructure.’

“As my colleague, Margaret [Arnolds] would say, the grass is as long as she is tall – and it must be cut, so criminals cannot hide in it. We need to fix the street lights. It’s totally unacceptable that traffic lights are not working for longer than two days when we are not load shedding.”

He noted that he would engage with law enforcement to ensure there was a level of order. He added that authorities would be asked to drive out illegal immigrants.

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The Speaker, Colleen Makhubele, called Amad’s election a victory and said that she was excited for the city. She believes that the ‘destiny’ of the city has been reached and calls it a victory for the public.

“It’s a victory for informal settlements and those illegally evicted from their homes. It’s a victory for the minority [parties], who today proved that even the smallest voices can be heard.

“It is a victory for the PA, the EFF, the ANC – and all of our victory to share together.”

The mayor did not say when he would elect his executive.

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