That’s Sedibeng Executive Mayor Mahole Simon ‘Sy’ Mofokeng.
The top five candidates were Cllr Mofokeng (chairperson), Cllr Greta Hlongwane (deputy chairperson), Bob Mthembu (secretary), Lerato Maloka (deputy secretary) and Melina Langa (treasurer).
Emfuleni mayor Cllr Hlongwane is the former treasurer. Lesedi mayor Cllr Maloka is the deputy secretary.
Bheki Ngobese and Khulu Malindi are no longer deputy chairperson and secretary.
The elections were conducted during the fifth regional conference of ANC Sedibeng at St George’s Hotel, Pretoria, over the weekend of May 18-20.
The reason the conference was held outside the region, says Mofokeng, was that they wanted to avoid any unnecessary intervention.
He said they all wanted to concentrate on the daily work. “We don’t undermine our local community,” he stressed, “but peaceful elections are likelier at a neutral venue.”
Now that these elections were over, Mofokeng said, it is back to work as usual to make sure that service delivery is rendered as per ANC manifesto:
“I am very proud to retain my position. ‘Thanks to the community that believed in me by putting their trust in me to lead them again,” he said.
“The people have shown confidence and it’s a challenge to me, especially when one has strong support.”
The election of Cllr Hlongwane by ANC supporters shows that people are supporting gender equality.
Cllr Hlongwane is serving in many structures of the government including the South African Local Government Association, SALGA.
According to ANC chief whip Eric Tshabalala, the mood was very high with comrades debating serious issues in the policy documents.
The elections kept the leadership of the ANC on their toes, said Tshabalala.
Thanks to people for using their ‘minds and not their emotions’ to elect the leaders of their choice, leaders who will take this government to ‘greater heights’, added Tshabalala in an exclusive interview.