Helen Zille Is Mayor Of Cape Town 6
Well it was tight right up to the wire but it looks like Helen Zille is the new mayor of Cape Town.
She received 106 votes and the ex-mayor Nomainda Mefeketo received 103. That’s a very slim margin of victory and one that will look even more slim when the next floor crossing window opens.
In the meantime the DA are going to have to do all they possibly can to get some national attention on their achievements in local government in Cape Town. So the Honourable Mayor Zille if you’re listening you need to:
- Sort the power question out. I expect nothing less than you giving Eskom CEO Thulani Gcabashe a major migraine everytime he sees your number on caller ID.
- Get public transport going. Golden Arrow’s bus service is hardly public transport. Metrorail is falling to pieces. Travelling from areas such as Parklands and Durbanville in rush hour traffic is slow torture.
- Get a decent city manager. Wallace Mgoqi has shown he can’t handle it. The aborted jewellery district. Obviously fronted BEE parking companies winning city contracts. N2 gateway housing stalling. The list is embarassingly long.
Do all that and you should be fine…
Update: According to the voting patterns, and DA Mal pretty much confirms it, the ID and ANC are voting together. That might be bad news to De Lille if it causes her voters to question voting ID as an alternate opposition.
Update: Grindrod loses deputy role by one vote – That’s got to sting. The ID have gone from “kingmaker” to needing a “regmaker”. However this minority part alliance is in my opinion very very shaky. While the DA has won the vote for electing officials they could still lose numerous other votes that come before this council.
Speaking in English, Afrikaans and Xhosa, she said…
Finally! Someone at the DA is listening to my constant harping about making speeches in Xhosa/Zulu/Sotho. Now get Tony Leon into Xhosa Intesive 101 stat!
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