ANC councilor Aaron Sebolai was elected as the new mayor of Modimolle-Mookgopong Local Municipality in Limpopo on Wednesday.
He emerged victorious against Democratic Alliance councilor Hercules Louw. Louw was also nominated for the mayoral position during the council meeting. Sebolai received 17 votes to the 11 received by Louw.
The hung Modimolle-Mookgophong local municipality in Limpopo has been without a mayor for a month. This follows the death of Mayor Marlene Van Staden. Van Staden was elected mayor through the flip of a coin after the voting had ended in a tie between her and an ANC candidate.
Meanwhile, the ANC in the Waterberg Region has welcomed the election of Sebolai.
“The ANC in the Region is confident that Cde Sebolai’s election will bring the much-awaited service delivery to the Communities of Modimolle-Mookgophong Municipality,” read a statement.
“The ANC fully commits to support Cde Sebolai and members of the Caucus. To ensure that they heighten the delivery of services to the communities of Modimolle-Mookgopong.
“The task ahead is enormous as there was a total collapse of services in the Municipality. But the ANC is optimistic that Cde Sebolai is the man to restore and deliver services to the people of Modimolle-Mookgopong given his experience in Local Government,” they said.
“The ANC commends the ANC Caucus in Modimolle-Mookgopong for demonstrating a high level of discipline by toeing the party line for a greater cause, of uniting the Organisation.”
AARON SEBOLAI ELECTED NEW MODIMOLLE-MOOKGOPONG MAYOR
In his address, Sebolai said they have a contract as the ANC with the people to better their lives. Give them clean water, better roads, to resolve issues of sewage and to attend to the electricity crisis among other things.
He also says his primary mandate is to better people’s lives and provide them with quality services.