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ANC Loses Control Of 3 Key Metros In Gauteng With A Combined Annual Budget Of Just Over R170bn

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WITH the loss of the City Tshwane on Tuesday afternoon to the Democratic Alliance, the ANC has been dealt another huge blow in Gauteng after losing power in Joburg and Ekurhuleni on Monday.

The ANC’s loss of Johannesburg comes after the party failed to retain control of the industrial hub of Ekurhuleni on the same day.

This means the governing party has lost control of just over R170bn of budgets in Tshwane, Ekurhuleni and Joburg.

Joburg’s 2021/2022 budget comprised an operational expenditure of R65. 1 billion, with a capital expenditure of R8.2 billion and a three-year capital budget of R25.5bn.

Tshwane, on the other hand, adopted a total budget of R39 billion for the 2021 capital expenditure, while Ekurhuleni adopted a budget of R46.75 billion for the 2021/22 financial year.

Tshwane, Joburg and Ekurhuleni, the country’s biggest metros, will for the next five years be governed by a majority government consisting of a DA, Action SA, EFF, the Freedom Front Plus, and ACDP coalitions.

The DA’s Katlego Mathebe, who previously held the position, is the new Speaker of the council of the City of Tshwane.

DA councillor Randall Williams has been re-elected unopposed for the second term as the executive mayor for the City of Tshwane.  

“I would like to thank Tshwane residents for strengthening our country’s democracy. I accept the role of Executive Mayor with deep gratitude and humility, and I am encouraged by the faith that has been placed in me to once again lead our great city,” said Williams after being sworn in,” said Williams.

The ANC did not submit any candidate for the mayoral position and refused to vote for the nominated candidates of their rivals.

The governing party’s regional leadership also said it would remain in the opposition benches and would not be controlled by the EFF.

The ANC lost control of Joburg, the nation’s richest city as parties backed Mpho Phalatse from the main opposition DA as mayor of Johannesburg on Monday.

In Ekurhuleni, DA councillor Tania Campbell has been elected mayor of one of the most popular metros in Gauteng as it houses the OR Tambo International airport and the country’s biggest manufacturing industry.

She beat former ANC mayor Mzwandile Masina, and was elected by 116 votes to secure the mayoral chain.

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