Retief Odendaal being congratulated by DA members after his election as the new Executive Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay on September 21, 2022.

The newly-elected mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, Retief Odendaal says he will make the creation of jobs, the alleviation of poverty and dealing with the current drought his priority.

The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) Odendaal was elected as a new mayor in a marathon council meeting that continued into the early hours of Thursday morning in Gqeberha.

He replaces the African National Congress’ (ANC) Eugene Johnson who was ousted through a motion of no confidence in the same council meeting on Wednesday.

The Abantu Integrity Movement’s (AIM) Mkhuseli Jack and Freedom Front Plus’  (FF+) Bill Harrington were elected unopposed as deputy mayor and Chief Whip respectively.

Odendaal says the delivery of basic services is his priority.