The people of Tshwane can’t afford an ANC-EFF puppet mayor or his new toys

Attention broadcasters: Afrikaans and English audio clips attached.

The DA in Tshwane notes that the City’s new Executive Mayor, a puppet of the ANC and EFF, is wasting no time in demanding perks and luxuries for himself – made worse by the reality that the people of Tshwane simply cannot afford it. This has become the signature modus operandi of the coalition of corruption in other captured municipalities.

Reports suggest that Executive Mayor Makwarela has requested at least four official vehicles and eight bodyguards. All at the expense of the people of Tshwane.

Such blatant quid pro quo, cadre-like benefits expose those who seek them as small-fry accomplices to the ANC-EFF’s capture of local government.

It is particularly grating that the Executive Mayor’s security entourage will now seemingly outnumber eight to one the size of his party caucus – COPE having only secured a single seat in the Tshwane City Council.

The case for urgent shoring up of our democracy through fair and reasonable election thresholds is made clearer with every passing moment the ANC-EFF and their puppet mayors insult residents by putting patronage above people.

The Executive Mayor should immediately either explicitly deny the reports regarding his alleged demands for his own blue-light brigade and security detail most residents of the City can only hope for, or make a more sensible decision in eschewing these farcical trapping of his office.

The simple fact of the matter is that the people of Tshwane cannot afford this puppet mayor of an ANC-EFF coalition of corruption.

The DA won’t abandon the people of Tshwane to the ANC-EFF puppet mayor

NOTE TO EDITORS: The statement below is an amended version of the statement that had gone out earlier. Please note the edit in bold in the last paragraph.

Attention broadcasters: Afrikaans and English audio clips attached.

The DA will keep fighting for the people of Tshwane, and for effective, clean, and corruption-free government. We always knew that coalitions would be difficult, and that unaccountable parties can be manipulated to help bring the ANC back to power. But we will not give up on coalitions where the DA and our partners have a majority, and this includes Tshwane.

Yesterday seven councillors of the multi-party coalition in Tshwane betrayed their voters, and helped to install an ANC-EFF puppet mayor. This a temporary setback, but this coalition of corruption poses a significant threat to service delivery and the financial sustainability of the capital city, at a time when a bold financial recovery plan is essential.

The last time an ANC puppet ran Tshwane the city was left with a R4,3 billion operating deficit. This happened when the ANC provincial government in Gauteng unlawfully dissolved Tshwane’s municipal council. For a disastrous period of seven months the city was placed under administration, and left without councillors to assist residence or hold officials to account.

The DA forced the administrators out with a court order, but the damage done on their watch is yet to be fully repaired. In fact, the ANC in Gauteng has never accounted or compensated for the damage done on their watch, and now they have lined up for another round of disastrous governance. What is most important now is a credible financial recovery plan for the city that addressing the breakdown of systems and controls in Tshwane identified by the Auditor-General.

The DA and our coalition partners will take urgent steps to identify the seven traitors, and to remove them. This will restore multi-party coalition’s majority in Tshwane. But in the meantime, there is urgent work to the done to ensure that the capital city isn’t destroyed in the meantime. This rescue plan starts with the adjustment budget that Tshwane will have to pass in the next few weeks. The DA will work with or without our partners to introduce a set of measures that need to be taken to restore Tshwane’s finances.

The DA won’t abandon the people of Tshwane to the ANC-EFF puppet mayor

Attention broadcasters: Afrikaans and English audio clips are attached.

The DA will keep fighting for the people of Tshwane, and for an effective, clean, and corruption-free government. We always knew that coalitions would be difficult, and that unaccountable parties can be manipulated to help bring the ANC back to power. But we will not give up on coalitions where the DA and our partners have a majority, and this includes Tshwane.

Yesterday seven councillors of the multi-party coalition in Tshwane betrayed their voters, and helped to install an ANC-EFF puppet mayor. This a temporary setback, but this coalition of corruption poses a significant threat to service delivery and the financial sustainability of the capital city, at a time when a bold financial recovery plan is essential.

The last time an ANC puppet ran Tshwane the city was left with a R4,3 billion operating deficit. This happened when the ANC provincial government in Gauteng unlawfully dissolved Tshwane’s municipal council. For a disastrous period of seven months the city was placed under administration, and left without councillors to assist residence or hold officials to account.

The DA forced the administrators out with a court order, but the damage done on their watch is yet to be fully repaired. In fact, the ANC in Gauteng has never accounted or compensated for the damage done on their watch, and now they have lined up for another round of disastrous governance. What is most important now is a credible financial recovery plan for the city that addressing the breakdown of systems and controls in Tshwane identified by the Auditor-General.

The DA and our coalition partners will take urgent steps to identify the seven traitors, and to remove them. This will restore multi-party coalition’s majority in Tshwane. But in the meantime, there is urgent work to the done to ensure that the capital city isn’t destroyed in the meantime. This rescue plan starts with the adjustment budget that Tshwane will have to pass in the next few weeks. The DA will work without our partners to introduce a set of measures that need to be taken to restore Tshwane’s finances.