“It is the opportune time that youngsters lead,” he said.
“[With] youngsters joining, this won’t erode those that are matured in local governance but will enhance what is there.”
In Oudtshoorn, which the DA won with 55.41% of the vote in 2016, the party’s support dropped to 30.06% in 2021 — costing it seven seats in the process.
Oudtshoorn Gemeenskaps Inisiatief (OGI), GOOD, the Patriotic Alliance and the SuidKaap Saamstaan have a single seat each.
Louw was the ANC’s Ward 9 candidate. ICOSA’s Vlancio Donson was elected deputy mayor.
The new speaker is Colan Sylvester, a former DA mayor, who moved to the Oudtshoorn Gemeenskaps Inisiatief [OGI].
The ANC’s Nomsa Jaxa was elected as the council whip of the 25-seat council After his election, Louw said that being in the position would inspire the youth.
“For those coming from poor communities, this [will be] a reminder that [anything] is possible. I also come from a poor community but by working hard I managed to get myself out of my circumstances.”
He said the future looked exciting and his tenure would not be a one-man show.
“Those that say [they] are here to enrich themselves or their families through nepotism are in the wrong place. It is the opportune time that youngsters come [to] lead.”
Louw said he had started a bachelor of arts in film and television but did not finish due to financial constraints. He went on to do two short courses.
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