The DA in Gauteng regrets the decision of the majority of Johannesburg City Councillors to double down on the disaster of installing ANC-EFF puppet mayors incapable of governing the City with competence, public trust, and stability.
The ANC-EFF puppet mayor, Cllr Kabelo Gwamanda of Al Jama-Ah, received an outright majority of votes in the first round of voting, with the DA’s Cllr Mpho Phalatse receiving the second most votes. Cllr Funzi Ngobeni of ASA came last.
This result confirms the destructive intent of the ANC-EFF-PA doomsday coalition to destabilise service delivery in Gauteng and loot and leech whilst residents languish.
Today could have been a turning point for the people of Johannesburg had Cllr Phalatse won and reinvigorated the massive task of getting Johannesburg back on track. But residents of the City, and people across the country, will see in today’s results the crystallisation of the political choice facing all of us: a future of DA-led delivery or a future of ANC-EFF failure.
Only through reliable partnerships, built in good faith and in the public interest, can a bold Moonshot Pact offer what our people so desperately need: hope that change is possible.