Plato elected Cape Town mayor

New Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato. Photographer: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency/ANA
Democratic Alliance (DA) councillor Dan Plato has been elected as the new mayor of Cape Town.

Plato replaces Patricia de Lille who resigned on Wednesday October 31.

Plato received  146 votes from 208. African National Congress (ANC) candidate Xolani Sotashe received 53 of the votes with three going to African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) councillor Grant Haskin. Six people’s abstentions were recorded.

During his inaugural speech, Mr Plato acknowledge former mayor, Ms De Lille. 

He also thanked those who voted for him and promised unity.
Mr Plato said his first order of business would be to carry out a listening tour. He said he wants to hear first-hand from the people of this city what their priorities are and what their problems are.

The new mayor also promised to recruit more Metro police officers, but said they were not meant to replace the police. 

Mr Plato is not completely new to the position as this is his second time as mayor of the city.