Geordin Hill-Lewis introduces plan to devolve R1 billion in police funding immediately

Please find attached English and Afrikaans soundbites by Geordin Hill-Lewis. Pictures can be downloaded here, here, here, here and here.

Today, the Democratic Alliance (DA) submitted a plan to Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana and the National Treasury that has the potential to revolutionise policing in Cape Town by bringing well-run law enforcement closer to the people.

In my current capacity as Shadow Minister of Finance, I have formally requested the National Treasury to create a brand-new municipal grant, financed out of the current VIP protection budget, to fund enhanced powers for local law enforcement and metro police forces in cities that have demonstrated that they have the capacity to run their own law enforcement operations.

The DA has consistently called for the R1.7 billion VIP protection budget to be slashed by at least half. South African taxpayers are currently forced to spend R8 million on bodyguards, weapons and equipment for each of the 209 so-called VIPs receiving personal protection. Under my proposed plan, R1 billion out of this R1.7 billion will be completely devolved away from VIP protection into the hands of competent metros, so that we can protect residents rather than politicians without costing taxpayers a cent in additional taxes.

This is the next important step along the pathway towards the DA-led City of Cape Town assuming more control over policing in Cape Town over time. The R1.5 billion Law Enforcement Advancement Plan (LEAP), which is jointly funded and managed by the Western Cape Government and the City of Cape Town, was the first step on this journey.

Today, we outline the next step.

The DA makes no bones about it: the proposal we introduce today is part of our long-term vision to devolve policing to competent metros and provinces, so that the South African Police Service (SAPS) ultimately becomes the Cape Town Police Service (CTPS). Ours is a vision of the future where residents in need call on well-trained and equipped officers from their local CTPS who understand the needs of Capetonians and who have all the powers and funding they need to independently prevent, combat, investigate and solve crime.

The past 27 years have proven that SAPS, which is managed from 1 500 kilometres away in Pretoria under a rotating rogues gallery of the corrupt and the inept, simply does not have the capacity to keep Capetonians safe. Despite this, there are still many excellent and hardworking SAPS officers. They should be the first to take up new posts in the DA’s devolved metro-based and provincial policing plan that must ultimately become the CTPS.

According to the latest figures released by National Treasury, Cape Town is currently entitled to 14.4% of the total equitable share funding made available to South Africa’s 8 metros. Using that same breakdown, I have requested that National Treasury begin annually transferring R144 million of the R1 billion redirected from the SAPS VIP protection budget to Cape Town for us to launch a pilot project to take over more policing functions from SAPS.

Initially, this funding can be used to:

  • Establish Cape Town’s own forensic laboratory. We know that the DNA backlog at national government-run laboratories is currently almost 240 000. With our own forensics’ laboratory, DA-led Cape Town will work to reduce this backlog down to zero so that we can solve crimes faster;
  • Fund more boots on the ground, building on the success of our LEAP project; and
  • Conduct pilot research at individual police stations where the power to determine budget priorities and reporting lines is moved from the national minister of police to the Cape Town City Council.

Bheki Cele has proven over and over again that he will never be able to bring peace to the people of Manenberg, Hanover Park, Phillippi, Gugulethu and Grassy Park. Capetonianscannot afford for us to just keep doing the same thing and expecting different results.

If we are to ever win the war against crime, we have to fundamentally change the way we do policing by devolving power and funding away from the failing national government. There is no better place to pilot this revolutionary new approach to policing than right here in DA-led Cape Town, where our LEAP project has already led to the deployment of over 1 000 additional law enforcers.

DA-led Cape Town has demonstrated that we are serious about making Cape Town safer by fixing what SAPS has broken. With the support of voters on 1 November, we are ready to do even more to secure Cape Town’s future from criminals and the decline of SAPS.

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Five days till we vote. Five years to live with the consequences.

South Africans are tired and worn out by the unemployment, corruption, mismanagement, and general state failure to deliver on its role. This election can get South Africa back on track and stop the free-fall.

With better government, South Africa can be everything we want and need it to be. That change must start with local government, the coalface of delivery. All across the country, now is the time to elect local leaders that will work hard for you, be on your side, and secure your future.

The DA offers you a safe pair of hands.

Only the DA has a track record proving that life gets better for all people where we govern. Where the DA governs, jobs are highest, and unemployment is lowest. We spend public money on the public. We don’t steal or waste your money. We get clean audits every year as evidence of clean government. We are the only party with open tender processes where we govern, so everyone can see how we award tenders.

Where the DA governs, we hire competent people on merit. People who can get things done for you. We don’t appoint people for political favours.

Local government is all about service delivery. As per our manifesto, if you elect a DA local government, these are some of the things we’ll get done for you:

  • Ensure every community gets access to reliable, clean, running water and decent sanitation.
  • Bring regular waste collection and rubbish disposal to every community.
  • Work to free residents from Eskom load-shedding and enhance access to reliable, affordable, and sustainably electricity.
  • Invest in well-maintained roads, cleaning and upgrading of public parks and spaces, cut grass and maintain pavements.
  • Invest in sports & recreation facilities and libraries.
  • Work to integrate public transport and introduce a smart ticket across buses and taxis in our metros.
  • Bring down unemployment and grow jobs.
  • Build reliable metro police services where these are affordable, and launch specialized local policing units, like gang and drug units.
  • Install crime information systems, more CCTV, body cameras for police officers, and gunfire detection systems.
  • Release unused government land for housing development.
  • Ensure more people own their own homes through diversifying housing options and issuing title deeds.
  • Use fair and transparent processes to identify beneficiaries for housing opportunities.
  • Upgrade informal settlements where viable.
  • Help the homeless off the streets, with socioeconomic assistance.
  • Take legal action against illegal land invasions.
  • Work with NGOs to combat alcohol and drug abuse.
  • Introduce by-laws to prevent the pollution of our natural environment.
  • Introduce e-government services, to transact with your municipality online.
  • Keep staff costs down, to spend more on service delivery.

The DA is the only party with a trustworthy record of service delivery, job-creating policies, and corruption-free government. We run the top-rated metro in the country, the five top-rated municipalities in the country and the top-rated municipalities in the Western Cape (many), Gauteng (Midvaal) and the Eastern Cape (Kouga).

We are the only party that gets the basics done. And when you have a municipality that masters the basics, you can move to the next level. You can start to generate your own electricity and end reliance on Eskom. Only the DA can do this. Only the DA can protect you from a failing national government.

We can bring the DA difference to your town if we unite to win. The DA is the only party that can beat the ANC and we are the last bulwark against the rise of the EFF. A strong DA stops the EFF becoming the opposition. A strong EFF makes the ANC more radical, racial and populist in their bid to shore up support. This is why the ANC is supporting expropriation without compensation.

A vote for the DA packs the most punch against the ANC and EFF. That’s why, if you aren’t going to vote for them, the ANC and EFF want you to vote anything but DA. If you want to beat the ANC and keep the EFF out of official opposition, voting DA will give you maximum leverage for your vote. A vote for smaller parties or independents splits the DA vote, not the ANC or EFF vote. Therefore, the most sensible and powerful use of your vote is to consolidate the DA vote.

If you look at the best-run municipalities in SA, they all have a DA majority in council. Coalitions tend to slow down service delivery, and introduce the risk of interrupted delivery, as in Nelson Mandela Bay and Tshwane since 2016.

Another reason not to split the vote is to maximise the chances of beating the ANC in your ward. Ward councillors are at the coalface of delivery and are your first point of contact. Here, splitting the vote by voting for smaller parties or independents is particularly beneficial to the ANC, because the ward councillor is determined by a first-past-the-post system. The candidate with the most votes wins – no matter how low a percentage of votes they got.

A great example is the outcome of Metsimaholo Municipality’s re-election in November 2017. The ANC won just 34% of the vote but 76% of wards – 16 out of the 21 wards. That’s what happens when you split the opposition.

So, if you want the biggest chance of a local government and ward councillor that get things done, then you need to vote DA. Only the DA can secure your future. Voting for smaller parties at a time like this is simply playing with fire.

You have five more days to think about this, and five years to live with the consequences.

Vote smart. Vote with your head and your heart. Vote DA to get things done.

Only the DA can save Sol Plaatje Municipality

The following speech was delivered by DA Federal Leader, John Steenhuisen at a rally in Kimberley today. See voice clips attached in English & Afrikaans and pics here, here, here and here

Good morning fellow South Africans, goeie môre.

Dis regtig lekker om weer hier in Kimberley te wees, en dankie vir die wonderlike ontvangs by die lughawe vanoggend. Hierdie plek weet beslis hoe om mens welkom te laat voel.

‘n Paar weke gelede was ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa hier in Kimberley. En toe doen hy iets wat nie gereeld gebeur nie: hy praat Afrikaans! Maar terwyl hy hier kom witvoetjie speel het, is sy eie Minister Blade Nzimande besig om Afrikaans as ‘n “uitheemse” taal te klassifiseer!

Terwyl Ramaphosa maak of hy skielik Afrikaans ontdek het terwyl hy eintlik die taal probeer doodmaak, en terwyl ander partye net praat oor taalregte, is die DA die enigste party wat besig is om terug te veg teen Nzimande! Ons druk hom al vir ‘n jaar lank om Afrikaans as inheems te erken. Ons het briewe geskryf, klagtes by die Menseregtekomissie gelê, en ‘n petisie aan hom oorhandig.

Ons gaan nie rus totdat ons die Stomp Blade gedwing het om Afrikaanse te erken nie, want die DA praat nie net nie: ons kry dinge gedoen!

But I’m here today to speak about service delivery. The local government election is, after all, just six days away.

This coming Monday is a hinge of history moment for Sol Plaatje Municipality.

It is the one day every five years that residents get to change the direction the municipality is moving in. The one day that you have your hands on the joystick and can decide whether to take Sol Plaatje up or down.

This decision will impact every day of your lives for the next five years as you go about your daily routine. Opening taps, switching on lights, walking about town, paying your bills, going to the park, seeking employment, driving to work, running your business.

One minute to place your cross. Five years to live with the consequences.

Let’s face it. Sol Plaatje is sliding backwards and has been doing so for many years now.

Kimberley cannot afford another five years of ANC running it (into the ground).

This town looks dirty and neglected and unloved.

Your beautiful Diamond City has lost its sparkle.

Many of your streets are strewn with rubbish. Your Diamond City is becoming a Slum City.

But I suspect water is your biggest problem.

Every Northern Caper knows how precious water is, and how essential it is to every aspect of our lives, be it cooking, cleaning, or running a business.

You’ve already suffered prolonged water cuts, but this is going to get much worse in the coming years.

Sol Plaatje’s water infrastructure is so old and broken that you are losing 60% of your water to leaks.

Sixty percent! And don’t think it can’t get higher. It will if your council fails to replace worn out pipes and valves.

And as water losses grow, so the cost of water will climb.

That is, when there is water available to be sold.

Worse than expensive water, is no water at all. When this happens, the real trouble starts, because then three things happen that spell the end.

One. The municipality goes bankrupt because you can’t charge for what you can’t deliver. As taps dry up, so income dries up. And Sol Plaatje is already deep in debt, owing R320 million to Eskom and R80 million to water boards.

Two. Ratepayers start moving away because it becomes unsanitary and unsafe to stay. This means council has less income to cross-subsidize your poorer households.

Three. Businesses start closing down or moving away, because no business can thrive without a reliable water supply. So jobs dry up along with municipal income.

Residents suffer – especially the poorest – because there is less and less money for service delivery.

Infrastructure suffers because there is less money for maintenance.

And it’s not only the municipality that gets poorer. Property owners get poorer, because nothing falls faster than the value of property when there is no water and when people are moving away.

This is the downward spiral that Kimberly is in.

Next week, you have a once in five years opportunity to stop this downward spiral.

And let’s be clear. The DA is the only party that can secure Kimberley’s clean water supply.

We’re the only party that has proved it can keep the taps running for residents, with a reliable and affordable water supply.

Where we govern, our leak rate is far lower, because we continuously repair and upgrade pipes and other water infrastructure.

Compare Sol Plaatje’s water leak rate of 60% with DA-run Drakenstein and Witzenburg Municipalities which have a leak rate of 17%. Almost four times lower.

Between 2016 and 2019 the DA in Johannesburg replaced 325km of pipes, reducing water leaks from 29% to 19%.

When the DA took over Nelson Mandela Bay metro at the end of last year, they tripled the rate of water leak repair from 300 leaks fixed per week then to 900 per week now.

Right now, the Vaal Dam is over 80% full, yet residents of ANC-run Gauteng are suffering frequent water outages. When the DA-run Western Cape dam levels hit 12% during the three-year drought, the taps never ran dry, because the DA worked overtime to augment supply while managing demand.

And don’t for a minute think the DA only delivers to wealthy households.

StatSA’s census of municipalities released in March 2021 reported that the Western Cape delivers free basic water services to 44% of households, double the national average of 22% and the Northern Cape’s average of 20%.

This is what we mean when we say THE DA GETS THINGS DONE.

This is not an empty promise. It’s a statement of fact. And no other party can claim it.

And if you’re not convinced by this argument, then let’s talk about electricity.

Last year, Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter said that Sol Plaatje had the highest mark-up of electricity in the country, at 84%.

Yet still many residents suffer frequent power outages, over and above Eskom load-shedding.

Compare this to DA-run Cape Town, which protects residents from one level of loadshedding through their hydroelectric scheme, and which has a dedicated metal theft unit to protect residents from electricity outages due to cable theft.

Compare it to Stellenbosch, which is set to become SA’s first municipality to end load-shedding altogether, by buying electricity directly from independent producers.

This is what we mean when we say THE DA GETS THINGS DONE.

And when a council gets things done, it attracts investors and tourists.

Kimberley has a fascinating history and wonderful people. Yet it is not welcoming to investors or tourists.

For example, I’ve just visited Docs Coffee Shop next to the famous old Halfway House Pub. There is a massive hole there, which I am told has been there for ages. It’s ugly and dangerous and growing.

Kimberly should be known for one hole, not many of them.

Some roads are so pot-holed you can hardly drive on them.
Compare this to Tshwane, where the DA-run council filled potholes at an average rate of 83 per day for their first 6 months in office.


And we are very keen to get things done here in Sol Plaatje too.

So when you cast your vote on Monday, remember that ONLY the DA has a proven track record of service delivery, of job-enabling policies, and of corruption-free government.

ONLY the DA has a ward candidate in every single ward in the country, chosen in a thorough selection process.

ONLY the DA has fought to protect Afrikaans as an indigenous language.

ONLY the DA is big enough to beat the ANC and keep the EFF out.

The EFF is the only party to the left of the ANC. So when you vote for a small party or an independent, you split the DA vote not the EFF’s.

This strengthens the ANC and EFF relative to the DA. And the stronger the EFF, the more the radical and racial the ANC becomes.

The most sensible and powerful use of your vote is to consolidate the DA vote.

Believe me, if you aren’t going to vote for them, the ANC wants you to vote anything but DA.

Ward councillors are at the coalface of delivery. Here, voting for smaller parties or independents is particularly beneficial to the ANC.

In Metsimaholo Municipality in the Free State, for example, the ANC won just 34% of the vote but 76% of wards. That’s what happens when you split the opposition.

Democrats, the DA is the smart vote and your best chance of success.

So let’s unite to win.

The DA runs the 5 top-rated municipalities in SA.

The DA runs the top-rated province in SA – the Western Cape.

The DA runs the top-rated municipality in the Eastern Cape – Kouga.

The DA runs the top-rated municipality in the Gauteng – Midvaal.

And if you vote DA on Monday, then in five years’ time, there’s a good chance the DA will run the top-rated municipality in the Northern Cape too – Sol Plaatje!

Only the DA can put the sparkle back into your Diamond City.

This is it for 5 years, democrats. So unite to win!

Vote smart! Vote to win! Vote DA!

Stem nou! Stem blou! Stem DA!

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DA sends best wishes to matrics ahead of exams

Please find attached soundbite by Baxolile ‘Bax’ Nodada MP.

The DA wishes all matric learners the best during their examinations set to start tomorrow.

We know that the past two years have asked extraordinary discipline and sacrifice from learners who had to adapt to schooling during a global pandemic that often saw the curriculum interrupted for long periods of time. We trust that they have used their time wisely and prepared themselves for the upcoming examinations as well as they could.

We also commend the teachers who have gone above and beyond in embracing the restrictive nature of the Covid-19 pandemic and found creative solutions to ensure that their learners covered as much of the curriculum as possible.

The DA calls on the Department of Basic Education (DBE) to ensure that all the necessary measures are in place so that none of the examination papers can be compromised or leaked. Learners do not deserve to have aspersions cast on their hard work.

The country is facing a youth unemployment crisis with 64% of our youth being unemployed. What is alarming is the high drop-out rate in the class of 2021. This year’s matric cohort has seen a shocking drop-out of 309 747 learners since 2019. This poses major challenges to young South Africans in securing prosperous futures. The Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, and DBE must put a plan in place to ensure high retention through creating a conducive environment for learning to keep learners in school. This plan must focus on the curriculum, infrastructure maintenance and development, and quality teaching. The DA will be tabling solutions to the above issues in Parliament next month.

Despite the difficulties faced by the matrics, they should be proud to have made it to this point. The DA wishes the class of 2021 all the best with their final exams.

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DA-governed Johannesburg will switch off power to e-Toll gantries

The following remarks were made today at a media briefing by DA Mayoral Candidate for Johannesburg, Cllr Mpho Phalatse.

Any Mayor of a municipality has a responsibility to protect their residents, especially when it comes to their interests of basic service delivery. It is evident that a Mayor like Mpho Moerane, who was caught out lying this past weekend about Johannesburg residents being protected from loadshedding, is not in the business of being a responsible Mayor.

Should I be elected to serve as Mayor of Johannesburg after these elections, I intend on being a responsible Mayor for the residents by ensuring effective service delivery.

The DA has been informed that the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL), the custodian of the e-Tolls system and their gantries across the province, are currently in arrears with City Power.

Where gantries exist in City Power supply areas, City Power is currently supplying them with electricity. In a normal circumstance, SANRAL should be paying the bills for this service.

But with SANRAL in arrears, it means the City of Johannesburg is not receiving revenue for this service, and the cost to keep these gantries on is being footed to the residents of Johannesburg.

Should the DA be elected to govern Johannesburg, we will switch off the electricity supply to e-Toll gantries in City Power supply areas such as on William Nicol Drive and in Rivonia, effectively collapsing the e-Toll system in strategic nodes, based on non-payment by SANRAL. We cannot allow the residents of Johannesburg to suffer any further from a shortage of services, because national government is failing to take responsibility and pay their bills.

It is unfair for local governments to bail out national government at the expense of service delivery. The non-payment by SANRAL shortchanges City Power with much needed revenue to fix ageing and broken down infrastructure. With less revenue, it is the residents of Johannesburg who suffer outages that last up to weeks because City Power does not have enough funding to clear their own infrastructure backlog. This lost revenue could have also been directed towards procurement of electricity from independent power producers to start freeing residents from loadshedding.

Currently, Joburg residents are not getting value for money for services. Despite some residents dutifully paying their rates and levies, there are constant power outages across the City. As Mayor, I will have the responsibility to ensure that basic services are delivered, and all municipal funds are used responsibly.

Municipalities get their revenue from various sources including, rates and levies, division of revenue, and grants from other tiers of government. However, when a municipality does not get revenue from these sources, it has a terribly negative effect on service delivery – especially because municipalities plan budgets based on what sources of revenue they anticipate to receive.

In many instances such as in the case of SANRAL, national and provincial government utilise services provided by the City of Johannesburg like electricity and water. Whether these are government departments or entities, they are expected to pay their rates and levies for any services used.

Therefore, we will not stop at SANRAL. A DA-led Johannesburg will clamp down on the culture of non-payment across all services, for any provincial or national departments, entities, and companies that are in debt to the City. Revenue is the lifeblood of basic service delivery, and we will not allow the residents to suffer anymore.

The revenue that belongs to the City of Johannesburg must be paid to the City of Johannesburg. Service delivery must be restored. It is only a DA government that will get things done in the City of Gold.

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Unite behind the DA so we can end load shedding in Cape Town

Please find attached English and Afrikaans soundbites by Geordin Hill-Lewis

With loadshedding back again, just 8 days before an election, only the DA has presented a positive plan to end loadshedding over time in Cape Town.

Ten days ago, Eskom CEO André de Ruyter said that the utility was suspending load shedding for “election season.” Tonight, South Africa is plunged back into devastating blackouts that cost our economy R500 million per stage, per day. It is now clear beyond all doubt that the ANC has broken Eskom so fundamentally that it can no longer even manipulate it for political gain.  

DA-led Cape Town already uses its Steenbras hydro-electric plant to shield Capetonians from one stage of load shedding. And the DA is the only party that has put a clear and workable plan on the table to completely end loadshedding in Cape Town. We will use recent amendments to the Electricity Regulation Act to procure electricity directly from independent power producers, invest in additional generation capacity to augment Steenbras, and empower Capetonians to generate and sell electricity via the city’s grid.

Load shedding destroys job, makes our streets unsafe, and forces added hardship onto our most vulnerable communities. Ending load shedding is the single most powerful thing we can do to secure Cape Town’s future against the collapse of the ANC national government.

But we can never turn this vision into reality if we allow divisive small parties to smuggle the ANC back into power. If that happens, Eskom and the ANC will drag Cape Town down with it, as load shedding destroys any hope of fixing our city’s economy and creating the thousands of jobs our city so desperately needs.

On 1 November, let us is reject the ANC and divisive small parties by uniting behind the DA so we can end load shedding in Cape Town.

DA hosts successful ‘Get Things Done’ Rally

The DA today hosted its ‘Get Things Done’ Rally at the Mary Fitzgerald Square in Johannesburg.

Thousands of DA activists, supporters and leaders from across the country came together as DA Leader John Steenhuisen addressed the nation.

The message to the South African people was clear: on 1 November we call on voters to vote for the only party that gets things done. Vote DA!

Pictures of the DA ‘Get Things Done’ Rally can be accessed here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

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Vote for the only party that gets things done. Vote DA!

The following speech was delivered today at the DA ‘Get Things Done’ Closing Rally at the Mary Fitzgerald Square in Johannesburg. 

My fellow Democrats, fellow citizens,

Welcome, and thank you for coming out here today to Mary Fitzgerald Square in beautiful Johannesburg for the DA’s “Get Things Done” rally – our final national rally before we go to the polls to vote next Monday.

We still have just over a week left to reach even more people and persuade them to put their trust in the only party that has shown it has what it takes to save our towns and cities.

The only party that can say, with complete honesty: We Get Things Done!

The full speech can be accessed here.

Other speeches from today’s rally can be downloaded below: 

Dr Ivan Meyer – DA Federal Chairperson (Vote for the DA to end suffering in your municipality)

Siviwe Gwarube – DA National Spokesperson (The DA changes lives for the better where we govern

Cilliers Brink – DA Spokesperson (We can get things fixed! But you have you vote DA)

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SAMWU can’t stand that Tshwane works under the DA

Please find attached a soundbite by Cilliers Brink

Today members of the South Africa Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) embarked on an illegal strike to actively sabotage and disrupt operations in Tshwane.

SAMWU has indicated that they were protesting over the fact that the City isn’t implementing wage increases from the bargaining council collective agreement for workers.

In doing so they intimidated non-striking Tshwane staff and prevented them from entering their offices. They dumped waste on the streets, damaged water meters, blocked roads, opened fire hydrants and significantly disrupted traffic in the Inner City.

What is interesting is that SAMWU have not organised protests in metropolitans such as Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Ethekwini who have also not yet approved any wage increases.

In fact, there are a number of municipalities that have not approved salary increases and have already applied for exemptions.

The difference of course is that the Democratic Alliance governs Tshwane and SAMWU is affiliated to the ANC.

Notably, the Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (IMATU) the majority trade union in Tshwane has not felt it necessary to trash the city.

SAMWU is clearly driving a political agenda, likely at the behest of the ANC who are desperate to return to govern Tshwane.

The ANC’s campaign in Tshwane has been so dismally weak and fractured that they now have to rely on their trade union to campaign for them.

SAMWU’s tactics should be called out for what they are, with little over a week before the election, they are clearly trying to sabotage the work of the city to drive a political agenda on behalf of the ANC.

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