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DA’s Retief Odendaal elected mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay after marathon council session



Retief Odendaal flanked by Yusuf Cassim and Nqaba Bhanga.

  • The ANC-led coalition authorities in Nelson Mandela Bay has been faraway from energy.
  • The DA’s Retief Odendaal has been elected mayor, beating Wandile Jikeka by one vote.
  • The Abantu Integrity Motion’s Khusta Jack is the brand new deputy mayor and the FF Plus’s Invoice Harrington is now the chief whip. 

DA councillor Retief Odendaal has been elected the brand new mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay Metro Municipality, following a 17-hour marathon council assembly.

His election adopted the sooner elimination of ANC-led coalition authorities mayor Eugene Johnson via a movement of no confidence. 

The chaotic assembly which was known as at 11:00 on Wednesday, confirmed Odendaal at 03:00 on Thursday morning, with the brand new mayor beating Wandile Jikeka by a slender vote. 

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Jikeka, chief whip within the outdated coalition authorities beneath Johnson, was earlier voted out of the place.

The brand new coalition companions additionally voted deputy mayor Buyelwa Mafaya out.  

Abantu Integrity Motion chief Mkhuseli “Khusta” Jack is the brand new deputy mayor, whereas Freedom Entrance Plus councillor Invoice Harrington was elected chief whip.

The movement to take away the ANC coalition authorities was tabled by the African Christian Democratic Social gathering (ACDP) and was seconded by the FF+.

The brand new whip, Harrington, instructed News24 that councillors solely left the Feather Market Corridor at 03:45. 

“I slept for 2 hours however it was price it. I consider our new coalition authorities will make a distinction. We took a bit longer after the elections attending to a number of the objects on the agendas that have been postponed, however principally, we accredited all of the budgetary objects, due to this fact we additionally confirmed our dedication to make sure all varied wards can begin working [on] utilising their budgets to enhance infrastructure and repair supply,” he stated. 

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It grew to become clear on 29 July that the Johnson-led coalition authorities’s days in energy have been numbered when opposition events in Nelson Mandela Bay signed one other coalition settlement, to take away them.

Retief Odendaal

Retief Odendaal

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Events that agreed to kind the brand new coalition authorities are the ACDP, African Impartial Congress, Abantu Integrity Motion, DA, FF+, PAC, and the UDM.

Northern Alliance councillor Gary van Niekerk stays the speaker of the council, Harrington confirmed. 

He stated the brand new coalition authorities’s foremost precedence could be to revive what had been damaged by the ousted authorities.  

In a press release, the DA described the elimination of the ANC-led coalition as the start of a course of to get Nelson Mandela Bay working once more. 

Odendaal was first elected as a councillor in 2009 and served because the chief of the DA caucus between 2014 and 2016.

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Between 2016 and 2018, he served because the MMC for funds and treasury.  

DA MP and Jap Cape chairperson Andrew Whitfield stated Odendaal was instrumental in turning the Metropolis’s funds round. 

In a Fb put up congratulating Odendaal, DA MP and the celebration’s Jap Cape deputy chair Yusuf Cassim stated: “Congratulations Retief Odendaal in your election because the Govt Mayor. Our metropolis wants your vitality and keenness greater than ever. Enormous respect to our DA caucus and coalition companions who braved all method of disgusting ways till previous 3 am this morning for the sake of our metropolis.”


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