The new Nelson Mandela Bay mayor says the lack of leadership in the metro contributed to it becoming a COVID-19 hotspot. Nqaba Bhanga says he plans to turn things around.
“What we are going to do is that we are going to put a lot of enforcement to make sure of law and order. We will also put a campaign about educating our people about COVID-19. We are going to make sure that we have roadblocks everywhere to make sure that people comply.”
South Africa recorded 4,932 new COVID-19 infections and 160 more deaths on Friday. Meanwhile, Bhanga’s election came after a long and dramatic meeting.
A group of men understood to be security officials, forced the speaker, Buyelwa Mafaya, out of the council chamber.
Opposition councillors say the men were trying to stop the election of the mayor. The council says the matter is being dealt with by police.