Former Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau says he will still be leading the ANC caucus in the City as councillor on the opposition benches.
Tau says he's willing to serve on the opposition benches in Joburg, unless the ruling party decided to deploy him elsewhere.
I'm prepared to stay on as leader of the opposition in Johannesburg.— Parks Tau, former Joburg mayor
He says the ANC will have to regroup to deal and recover from the setback as power dynamics change in the metro.
He says the ANC will position itself as constructive opposition in the City and consider it's support to DA leadership on an issue-by-issue basis.
They will require our support and we will support where we believe it is necessary. We're not going to be destructive, but we won't support at all costs either.— Parks Tau, former Joburg mayor
We're still the majority party in council, although we don't have the outright majority. We have a duty to the City and its citizens and constituencies..— Parks Tau, former Joburg mayor
Tau has congratulated newly elected mayor Herman Mashaba, while also expressing his condolences to the family of deceased ANC councillor Nonhlanhla Mthembu.
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