Retief Odendaal has been elected as the new mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay, reports EWN. The Democratic Alliance (DA) mayoral candidate was selected from applications and interviews conducted by the party.
On Thursday 28 July, DA signed a coalition agreement with the United Democratic Movement (UDM), the Freedom Front (FF Plus), the Pan-Africanist Congress (PAC), the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) and the Abantu Integrity Movement (Goal). ).
Who is Retief Odendaal?
A statement released by the DA described Odendaal as a qualified lawyer born and raised in Nelson Mandela Bay. Odendaal became a political activist for the DA as a student and was elected Nelson Mandela Bay Councillor at the age of 27 in 2009.
Five years later, Odendaal was elected the DA’s Nelson Mandela Bay caucus leader and leader of the opposition in the council.
“With Retief’s solid operations, NMB has gone from a loss to a surplus of R2 billion to a AAA credit rating. The city has achieved some of the highest grant funding expenditures in the country for the second year in a row. As a result, the National Treasury awarded Metro an additional amount R178.8 million and R200 million,”
Currently, Odendaal also serves as the DA’s shadow MEC in the Eastern Cape Legislature’s Finance and Rural Development and Land Reform portfolio.
[PICS] Democratic Alliance Describes Living Conditions of KZN Flood Victims as ‘Inhumane’
Earlier, the Democratic Alliance (DA) in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) reportedly said it would approach the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) about the living conditions of KZN flood victims.
The DA described living conditions in the community hall housing flood victims as “inhumane”. The party visited nine community halls in eThekwini and shared the lifestyle of flood victims.
The party took note of Prime Minister Sihle Zikalala’s pledge to build more than 4,000 Temporary Residential Units (TRUs) at a media briefing in April. TRU should be up and running the week of Ugu, Ilembe and eThekwini announcements. Read the full story here.