Cape Town’s youngest mayor but a …

Geordin Hill-Lewis said he was “very excited” to become mayor of Cape Town. “There are two weeks left before the inauguration and before the council starts, so there is time to prepare – there is time to catch up on sleep and there is time to really focus on the priorities,” he told reporters this week.

On Thursday, the results of the 2021 local elections confirmed that the DA won the most votes in the city (1,058,008 or 58.22%). As a result, the party has 153 seats, one of which will be occupied by incoming Mayor Hill-Lewis. This will be the DA’s fourth consecutive electoral victory in Cape Town since 2006.

At 34, Hill-Lewis, a resident of Edgemead in the city’s northern suburbs, will become the city’s youngest mayor to date, according to the DA.

According to a biography provided by the party, Hill-Lewis holds a BCom in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (with distinction) from the University of Cape Town. In addition, he holds a Masters in Economic Policy: Finance from the University of London.

According to a parliamentary profile, Hill-Lewis names Helen Zille, Tony Leon, Nelson Mandela, Tony Blair, Bill Clinton and Margaret Thatcher as his favorite politicians.

He may only be 34 years old, but Hill-Lewis is a long-time DA member, having been part of the first DA student organization at UCT. He also worked as chief of staff to Zille, former mayor of Cape Town and current president of the DA. Hill-Lewis has been a DA MP since 2011, serving on the Civil Service and Administration and Commerce and Industry oversight committees. In 2019, he became the shadow minister of finance of the DA.

Cape Town’s new mayor, Geordin Hill-Lewis, addresses reporters at the IEC Western Cape Results Operations Center in Century City. (Photo: Suné Payne, Daily Maverick)

In Parliament, Hill-Lewis worked under DA parliamentary leaders Athol Trollip and Lindiwe Mazibuko, and party leader Mmusi Maimane.

Speaking to reporters, Hill-Lewis said voters gave the DA the mandate for an additional five years and that the party would “do more in Cape Town to protect residents from the consequences of the failure of basic services at the national level by electricity, security and police. , In public transports “.

Another mandate would be to do more to improve the lives of the poorest of the city’s poor. “We want Cape Town to be a city of hope in South Africa that everyone can be proud of, and we want to earn the faith and trust our constituents have shown us on Monday.”

See these Daily Maverick articles on Hill-Lewis’ policing challenge:

DA’s Geordin Hill-Lewis takes over Cape Town’s chain of mayors – and inherits party’s political wrangling over police.

And the state of Cape Town:

The (Un) Fair Cape: There is a way to go before the poor see some of Cape Town’s glow.

The ANC, which will be the official opposition to the council, said Daily Maverick he accepted the elections as “a true reflection of the will of the people”. The party, through provincial communications chief Sifiso Mtsweni, praised Hill-Lewis: Service delivery is on the fast track. Ours is to continue to build on the electoral support we have received and to continue to be an effective opposition in the city. “

GOOD mayoral candidate Brett Herron, who often clashed with Hill-Lewis over affordable housing and land use planning in the city, congratulated the incoming mayor. He said the DA had changed its position on issues such as the location of affordable housing (which led Herron to quit the party in 2018), “but in this campaign, we have forced them to change that position to an open pledge to use public lands, including city lands, to solve spatial justice issues ”.

Herron added that Hill-Lewis should keep his election promises: “It will be the real test of his dignity as mayor of this city… if he can deliver what he has unequivocally promised.

“He’s a staunch party insider, so we have to assume that his engagements come with the support of the DA’s inner circle. Despite this, he will still have to navigate the divisions within his caucus over issues of spatial and social justice. We will support all his efforts to provide a city that is more spatially and socially fair. ” DM


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