Newly elected Ward 39 Councillor ready to serve

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Newly elected councillor, Nozenza Cezulu and Mangaung Metro executive mayor, Olly Mlamleli celebrating the by-election results at the Kaizer Sebothelo House (ANC Provincial Office). PHOTO: SEITHATI SEMENOKANE

The African National Congress (ANC) has retained Ward 39 in the municipal by-elections held in Thaba Nchu on Wednesday 1 March.
Nozenza Cezula will take over as new councillor after the ANC received 45.29% of the 5 379 votes cast. The Democratic Alliance (DA) received the second most votes with 26,08%. Independent candidate, Itumeleng McDonald Mosala, received the third most votes with 16.95%.
Compared to the 2016 local elections, voter turnout declined by 2% as 51.64% of the registered voters took to the polls at the ten voting stations in the area.
Speaking at an ANC press briefing held on Thursday, the ANC announced that it was pleased to have retained Ward 39. ANC Mangaung regional secretary, Paseka Nompondo, credited the low voter turnout to the fact that by-elections are held under different circumstances and cannot be compared to local elections.
Mangaung mayor, Olly Mlamleli, said she is looking forward to working with the newly elected Thaba Nchu councillor Mlamleli said Cezula will continue with the projects already being carried out by the municipality and added that Cezula must remember she has been elected to serve the people of Ward 39.
“We are going to support the councillor. The councillor will continue with the title deeds that we have already started giving out. We are going to give her that opportunity to even also provide the sites, because people have been crying for sites. That is what is going to be carried over by our counsellor,” said Mlamleli.
Councillor Nozenza Cezula said she is itching to work with the community of Ward 39. “We are going to continue where the late councillor, Tankiso Moea, left off. We will be fixing roads that were destroyed by rains. We are aware of the challenges faced by this community and I am looking forward to working together with them to improve the community.”
Olly Mlamleli added that she is happy to welcome another young woman to help serve the Mangaung community. – Seithati Semenokane
seithati@centralmediagroup.co.za