Opposition mayor elected in S.African capital in historic vote

Solly Msimanga, 36, of the liberal centre-right Democratic Alliance (DA), was elected unopposed.

Opposition mayor elected in S.African capital in historic vote

World Bulletin / News Desk

An opposition councillor was elected mayor of Pretoria in a historic vote Friday that saw the ruling ANC party lose control of South Africa's capital for the first time since the end of apartheid.

"I now declare councillor Solly Msimanga as the new executive mayor," said newly-elected DA speaker Rachel Mathebe.

It is the first time since the end of white-minority rule in 1994 that the capital is not headed by a mayor from the African National Congress (ANC).

The DA topped an August 3 municipal election in the capital, taking 93 of 214 council seats to the ANC's 89.

Nationally, the party of Nelson Mandela suffered its worst result in 22 years at the municipal election, garnering less than 54 percent of ballots cast -- an eight percentage point drop from the last local poll in 2011.

The municipal elections were largely seen as a referendum on President Jacob Zuma, whose rule of Africa's largest economy has been dogged by scandal.

 

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