Johannesburg - The DA’s Herman Mashaba was elected executive mayor of the City of Joburg during the inaugural council sitting at the City Hall on Monday.
Mashaba went head to head against incumbent mayor Parks Tau, but emerged victorious with 144 votes. Tau received 125 votes.
DA and Economic Freedom Fighters members sang and danced after the announcement of the vote outcome, with Mashaba hoisted high in jubilation.
Councillors of the two parties sang “thupa e etla” in unison, loosely translated “we are cracking the whip” a popular revolutionary song of the EFF and stomped their feet across the venue. Tau had left the venue immediately after casting his vote.
In his acceptance speech Mashaba also thanked EFF leaders Floyd Shivambu and Mbuyiseni Ndlozi as well as DA leader Mmusi Maimane.