Monday, 11 April 2022 17:45

Gayton McKenzie elected mayor of Central Karoo municipality.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

The Central Karoo District municipality in the Western Cape has a new mayor following Patriotic Alliance (PA) leader Gayton McKenzie’s election on Monday.

Mckenzie was elected as the municipality's mayor, unopposed, during a council meeting after he recently accepted his nomination.

PA councillors, who attended the sitting, cheered as McKenzie accepted the mayoral chain. 

McKenzie was sworn in as a councillor last Thursday during a council sitting of the Laingsburg Municipality, which effectively paved the way for his nomination as mayor.

He replaces Mitchell Smith, who resigned from the party last week.

McKenzie told council members: "... we have a plan."

He said he would not be taking the perks that came with his new post, such as claiming for expenses and using the mayor's official vehicle. 

The ANC announced it had formed a coalition with the PA, Karoo Gemeenskap Party and Karoo Democratic Force to govern the municipality.

In Laingsburg, the PA had voted Smith in as its first executive mayor at the inaugural council meeting. 

The province had 12 hung councils during the local government elections: Beaufort West, Cape Agulhas, Cederberg, Kannaland, Knysna, Laingsburg, Langeberg, Oudtshoorn, Prince Albert, Saldanha Bay, Theewaterskloof and Witzenberg.

The PA emerged as the kingmaker in several district municipalities after securing 75 seats nationally, with 225 661 votes.