Dirk Kotze officially replaced Harry Joseph Levendal as the Executive Mayor of Mossel Bay on Tuesday. He was made acting mayor in September 2020.
Dirk Kotze officially replaced Harry Joseph Levendal as the mayor of Mossel Bay in the Western Cape on Wednesday, 10 November, following the 2021 Local Government Election. Both Kotze and his predecessor are members of the Democratic Alliance (DA), while another party member was elected as speaker.
The DA won an outright majority in the Mossel Bay in the elections on 1 November with 66,24 percent of the vote and 19 out of 29 seats on the council.
Kotze replaces Levendal as the new Executive Mayor of the Mossel Bay Municipality, while the DA’s Venolea Fortuin was elected as speaker of the municipality.
“The challenges are real, but we’ve got a very competent team around us, I’ve got a competent council around me. In our DA caucus, we’ve brought in many new councillors with specialities. So I’m looking forward to working with them,” said Kotze to SABC News.
“The stakes are high, the bar is set high, and so we do understand we’ll have to work very hard. I’ll lie if I say I’m not nervous. I know about the challenges since I’ve been acting for a while, but we’ll work hard and I’m very positive.”
Kotze was made Acting Mayor of the municipality in September 2020, when Levendal was placed on leave because of medical reasons.
Levendal accused the party of stripping him of his powers and leaving him as mayor in name only, according to the Weekend Argus. Mere days before the elections, the former mayor was reportedly considering resigning from the party. However, the DA constituency head in Mossel Bay, Jaco Londt, said that no resignation had been received.
Kotze’s deputy is yet to be announced. This is expected to take place at the first council meeting next week.
Western Cape Premier Alan Winde congratulated the new mayor on his appointment. “We are looking forward to working with you so that we deliver the best possible services to all residents in the region.”