Around eight million people were eligible to vote
Moya assured that she would be committed and dedicated to the municipality's betterment. AFP

Dr. Nasiphi Moya, a member of the ActionSA political party, was elected the Deputy Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality on Thursday.

The announcement was made during a council meeting, and Moya assured that she would be committed and dedicated to the municipality's betterment.

"I am humbled by the trust bestowed on me by ActionSA, our coalition partners, and the entire council. Though new, this role is devoted to ensuring Tshwane and its residents access to requisite services," she said, according to Central News.

"This role offers the unique opportunity to deliver infrastructural projects that meet residents' needs and spur the city's economic growth," she added.

While other parties encouraged endorsing the Democratic Alliance's proposal for a deputy mayor position, Moya's nomination was announced by ActionSA earlier this week.

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), on the other hand, rejected the position in the first place, noting that Tshwane's financial position isn't strong enough. EFF Regional Chairperson Obakeng Ramabodu expressed his concern over the position creation and sought clarification.

"What you are doing here is fraudulent, as the caucus we are leaving. We are not going to be part of fraudulent things, you will regret, you will call us once you have an ethical deputy mayor, she is not fit," Ramabodu said, Jacaranda FM reported.

In response to EFF's criticism, Moya said all parties should keep their differences aside and work together in service of the people of Tshwane.

"We must continue to support vulnerable members of our community and provide essential social relief. It is our duty to uplift and empower those who face economic hardships and to ensure that no one is left behind in our pursuit of progress," she said.

"I would like to take a moment to address my fellow councilors. As we continue to represent our respective wards and communities, I urge you to lean on me for support and collaboration," she added.

Moya suggested that EFF can hold her accountable for her actions, but let her deliver on the promises that were made to the citizens of this municipality.

Tshwane Mayor Cilliers Brink said he is positive about the new position as it will help to stabilize the coalition.

"This position has been created to stabilize the coalition process, if something happens to the mayor or has to vacate office. The deputy mayor assists with the continuity, she will also take over the mayoral committee," Brink said.