Councillor Helen Neale-May bas been elected as the new Executive Deputy Mayor at a Buffalo City Metro Municipality Special Council meeting.

The virtual meeting was chaired by Council Speaker Councillor Humphrey Maxegwana.

Council had to go to a vote after two councillors were nominated.

The nominations were as follows:

The African National Congress nominated Councillor Helen Neale-May.

The Democratic Alliance nominated Councillor Sue Bentley.

The position of Executive Deputy Mayor became vacant after the passing of former Deputy Executive Mayor, Councillor Zoliswa Matana in December last year.

Councillor Neale-May was serving as a Member of the Mayoral Committee heading the Finance portfolio before her election.

Following the election results, Council Speaker Councillor Humphrey Maxegwana said: “I want to congratulate Councillor Helen Neale-May. I know that you have a lot of experience in local government and I know you will do as expected.”

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