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Monday, April 11, 2022

Gayton Mckenzie gets elected district mayor of Central Karoo District Municipality

Patriotic Alliance (PA) leader Gayton McKenzie has been elected as the mayor of the Central Karoo District Municipality. (Read More Here).

McKenzie stood unopposed for the post. 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.

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 controversial figure was sworn-in unopposed as the leader of the Central Karoo District on Monday. He becomes the second Patriotic Alliance Mayor to take office, after their first success was recorded in November 2021.

This, however, is arguably more significant. Gayton McKenzie carries an enormous public profile with him. Now he’s been elected into office, the politician – who was only sworn in as a councillor last week – has enjoyed a meteoric rise to localised power, and the celebrations were in full flow earlier today.

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