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How the ANC took back Joburg

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The ANC’s Geoff Makhubo became new mayor of Joburg, an appointment one analyst said was a ‘tragedy’ and could mean a return to poor service delivery.


05 Dec 2019
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How the ANC took back Joburg

ANC Johannesburg chairperson Geoff Makhubo is congratulated by party members at Johannesburg Council Chambers in Johannesburg, 4 December 2019, after at two members of the Democratic Alliance voted against their own mayoral candidate, Funzela Ngobeni. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

The return of the ANC to power in the City of Joburg and the election of Geoff Makhubo as its mayor is a “tragedy” for the city’s residents and could potentially harm President Cyril Ramaphosa’s anticorruption crusade, according to an analyst. Outspoken political analyst Dr Ralph Mathekga said the election was not a true victory for the ANC because it came to power without promising to change anything in Johannesburg. “The ANC is back in power without doing anything or promising to do anything differently in Joburg. We cannot interpret this as an ANC victory, but a Democratic Alliance blunder....

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