Meet City of Johannesburg mayoral candidate Funzela Ngobeni

The City of Johannesburg council will vote for a new mayor on Wednesday.

Last week, the election to replace Herman Mashaba was postponed by speaker Vasco Da Gama to seek opinion on the majority vote.

Mashaba resigned in October, citing a strained relationship with the Democratic Alliance (DA) leadership.

The African National Congress's (ANC’s) Geoff Makhubo, the DA’s Funzela Ngobeni and the Economic Freedom Fighters' (EFF's) Musa Novela are contesting for the top post.

Eusebius McKaiser speaks to Funzela Ngobeni to find out what he will bring to the table should he be elected.

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I was raised in the liberation movement (ANC) and at high school I got involved in politics and joined Cosas, which was the only student body that was relevant then but I didn't go further to join the (ANC) youth league.

Funzela Ngobeni, Mayoral candidate - City of Johannesburg

In 2007 to 2008 I took a decision and I joined Cope [Congress of the People] as a party that was emerging. I left in 2011 and joined the Democratic Alliance.

Funzela Ngobeni, Mayoral candidate - City of Johannesburg

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Ngobeni details some of the projects they have embarked on since running the city.

We have also addressed the inclusionary housing scheme which we have approved as the City of Johannesburg, which was also outstanding for a very long time. The ANC kept on postponing all these projects.

Funzela Ngobeni, Mayoral candidate - City of Johannesburg

We hope that the government that will come in tomorrow will continue with the housing projects, Ngobeni adds.

He says it would be an honour for him to be the mayor of Johannesburg.

Visible service delivery is one issue we need to improve on, it will be at the top of my agenda.

Funzela Ngobeni, Mayoral candidate - City of Johannesburg

Ngobeni says the EFF is currently not speaking to them.

I think the first round of voting the EFF will get fewer votes and we will go to a runoff and the EFF will have to vote for Funzela Ngobeni.

Funzela Ngobeni, Mayoral candidate - City of Johannesburg

The ANC and the EFF were invited for the interview but declined.

Listen to the full interview below...


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