As he visited Alex, Joburg mayor rejected allegations against his academic credentials

By Malesela Mangena and Jonk wa Mashamba

Kabelo Gwamanda told our news team that nothing would prevent him from serving the residents, which, in his view, is the only thing that worries him.

The new mayor was speaking at the official launch of the Alex-Ke Kasi Ya Rona program in Alexandra, May 16.

The purpose of the program is to encourage cleanliness among local residents.

He further said that those with evidence of wrong doing from his part must approach the courts while also asking to be allowed to do his job as no one knows his capabilities.

Gwamanda, an Al Jama-ah councillor, was elected with 139 votes at a special council sitting recently.

He was opposed by the former mayor of Joburg, Mpho Phalatse, who received 68 votes, while ActionSA councillor Funzi Ngobeni received 59 votes.

In his acceptance speech, he said he was prepared to serve the residents of Joburg , adding that his nomination was God’s will and he felt a sense of duty to take on the role.

“It is not a mere title of glamour, prestige, celebrity status that most of us like to believe,” Gwamanda, the Soweto-born leader, said.

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