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DA sweeps up victory in Tshwane metro

Lerato Matlala

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has seized a second metropolitan council in the 2016 Local Government Elections. The highly prized administrative capital is now in the hands of the official opposition.

Having retained control of the Midvaal municipality earlier on in the race, the results for Tshwane were only released early on Saturday afternoon.

This is a huge loss for the African National Congress (ANC)  that trails the DA’s 43.11 percent lead with 41.22 percent.

 

The City of Tshwane is situated in South Africa’s capital and was one of the fiercely contested municipalities in Gauteng.

The African National Congress (ANC) has been in charge of the three major metropolitan municipalities in Gauteng: City of Tshwane, City of Joburg and Ekurhuleni and the Democratic Alliance (DA) and other opposition parties want a share of the pie.

The official opposition Democratic Alliance has put forward Solly Msimanga as its mayoral candidate in the city.  Tshwane has a population of 2.9 million people and about 24. 3% of the population has been classified as living in poverty.

The City of Tshwane was in the spotlight in June after the ANC announced former Minister of Public Works Thoko Didiza as its mayoral candidate.

Residents in Attridgeville went on a rampage demanding that the city’s Executive Mayor  Kgosientso Ramokgopa remain. The protests spread to areas including Hammanskraal, Soshanguve and Mamelodi. However, the ANC did not give in to the residents’ demands and nominated Thoko Didiza as the party’s mayoral candidate instead.

 

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The unemployment rate in the city is 24% and the city has been using the Extended Public Works Programme such as operation ‘Vat Ales’ in an effort to eradicate unemployment.

The DA leads Tshwane with 43.14% of the votes and 93 seats out of a total 214 seats. The ANC has won 89 seats and the EFF 25 on the metro council. 

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