The DA’s Herman Mashaba has been elected Johannesburg mayor, whereas Kevin Wax, also from the DA, is the chief whip.

The announcement was made late on Monday night, after a marathon sitting in the city council which was dramatically interrupted by the ill health of an ANC council member who later died.

Nonhlanhla Mthembu‚ collapsed during council. The new Speaker is Vasco DA Gama.

There were 269 votes forged, with no spoilt ballots. The Black Like ME founder defeated Parks Tau by {144|one hundred forty four|a hundred associate degreed forty four} votes to 125‚ after an inaugural session that took place for nearly eleven hours following the August three election.

Mashaba, who postponed his inaugural speech to next month’s first council sitting of the council, saying he felt inappropriate given the death of ANC council member Mthembu.

He promised to deal with the city’s “public enemy number one – corruption” and set the tone for a businesslike approach to fixing Johannesburg’s issues.

“We’re going to bring modification that will create jobs. we need to deal with one in three who haven’t got jobs. Our government needs to create an enabling environment. small businesses, you’ll be my biggest friends, said Mashaba.