Gauteng ANC Stance On Social Development Minister Lacks Compassion

The Gauteng ANC’s inability to condemn and call for the axing of Social Development Minister, Bathabile Dlamini, speaks volumes about the lack of compassion that the party has for the 17 million grant beneficiaries who have been held to ransom by the Minister’s incompetence.

In keeping with its tradition of indecisiveness on issues of major importance, like the e-toll saga, the ANC in Gauteng have shown once again that they have the best interests of Jacob Zuma and his acolytes at heart – not the people they swore an oath of office to serve.

Minister Dlamini’s contempt for Parliament and accountability is an affront to democracy and an insult to the millions whose lives hang in the balance because of her inaction. To remain silent is to condone the actions of a minister who is not fit to hold office.

The DA places it’s faith in the Constitutional Court’s ability to find a solution to the grant payment system and will continue to call for the removal of Minister Dlamini from her post.

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DA Gauteng Cabinet Scorecard: Premier Makhura Failing To Keep His Promises

The Gauteng Provincial Government under the leadership of Premier David Makhura, has this year had to wade through difficult political waters whilst continuing to carry out its Constitutional mandate to the province’s 13.5 million residents.

The damage meted out to the country by the continuous scandals around President Jacob Zuma, saw the Gauteng Provincial ANC attempt to distinguish itself from the mother body and offer itself as the true, untarnished version of the ANC. This was not possible as intrinsically Zuma and the ANC are one in the same.

Years of cadre deployment, the mismanagement of funds and failed service delivery projects could not hold back the electorate’s disproval of the party, which was reflected in the party’s losses of the Johannesburg Metro, Tshwane Metro and Mogale City.

It is evident that the promises made by Premier Makhura in his inaugural State of the Province address in 2014 have not yielded the results required to radically transform the inequalities and hardships faced by millions of the provinces residents.

The DA Cabinet Scorecard is an analysis based on the individual MEC’s grasp of his/her portfolio demands, leadership skills, approachability, willingness to appear before oversight committees, and quality of written and oral responses to DA questions.


Premier David Makhura

As the head of the Provincial Government, ultimate responsibility for failures of the performance of the administration lie with him.

Regarded as a man of action, the Premier has failed to live up to his title. Recommendations by the Public Service Commissioner that action should be taken against corrupt government officials amounted to slaps on wrist, with no criminal action perused against offenders.

Similarly, his failure to fire Health MEC, Qedani Malhangu, after the death of 37 mental health patients further reiterates the point that Premier Makhura is a man of charisma, but when it comes to tackling difficult issues, he has a hard time keeping to his word.

Inequality and social ills such as the housing backlog and violent crime continue to rise in the province, despite the Premier’s plans for a “radical” overhaul Gauteng’s socio-economic structure.

The results of this year’s local government elections reflect that the ANC in Gauteng has lost touch with people on the ground, and that the provincial administration is not performing as well as they perceive themselves to be doing. Alternatively, they are aware of the reality that faces them and are simply trying to paper over the crevasses.

Legislature oversight: The DA posed a total of 42 questions to the Premier, of which 18 went unanswered.

Score: 5/10


Finance – MEC Barbara Creecy

Gauteng Finance MEC, Barbara Creecy, has a critical role to play in ensuring that the day to day business of the provincial government is carried out effectively and efficiently.

MEC Creecy has become less transparent since initially taking up her post in 2014. Despite the fanfare created about the open-tender system, established to create transparency in the government tender process, documentation for tenders is often deeply embedded in departmental websites – or is outdated when found. This project cannot be called anything other than lip-service.

Staff in her department have been instructed to not respond to requests from the DA, making oversight a difficult and frustrating task. It begs the question – does the MEC have something to hide?

As the head of e-Governance, the ITC arm of the provincial government, Creecy has been seen to take an arm’s length approach to projects and their resultant shortcomings. This has been evident in the challenges faced with the Gauteng Online sites which are mired by connectivity problems, leaving clinics, schools and government institutions unable to provide quality services to residents.

Legislature oversight: The DA posed a total of 24 questions to the MEC of which 14 went unanswered.

Score: 5/10


Infrastructure Development – MEC Jacob Mamabolo

It was with some relief that MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza was replaced by Jacob Mamabolo in February 2016.

The department’s poor performance this year lies squarely at her feet and not Mamabolo’s. Client departments who were reliant on the Department of Infrastructure Development (DID) for the roll out of classrooms, clinics, libraries fell behind on their Annual Performance Plans due to the weak political leadership under MEC Mayathula-Khoza.

Current MEC, Jacob Mamabolo, acknowledges problems and attempts to resolve them with officials. While Mamabolo has not been in place long enough to make a huge impact in terms of the performance of the department, his receptiveness to engage and act has resulted in some improvement.

It is important that Mamabolo maintains his vigour, as the task that lies ahead is huge. To address the high levels of unemployment and stimulate the provincial economy, it is imperative that this department unlocks the infrastructure potential of Gauteng and fast tracks back dated projects.

Legislature oversight: The DA posed a total of 53 questions to the MEC of which 16 went unanswered.

Score: 6/10


Economic Development, Agriculture, Rural Development and Environmental Affairs – MEC Lebogang Maile

As the engine of South Africa’s economy, Gauteng is strategically placed to take the lead in creating a more inclusive and diverse economy that meets the needs of the provinces 13.5 million people.

While some initiatives have been mooted by MEC Lebogang Maile, such as the Township Stock Exchange and the procurement of goods and services from township businesses, the economy of Gauteng still remains fragmented. Neither of these initiatives have had the impact they were expected to have had.

Black businesses and emerging start-ups still face cumbersome red-tape and cannot access market places which would ensure their success. This is largely due to the impotence of many of the innovation and incubation hubs set up by the department that simply do not offer the requisite knowledge or skill sets to budding entrepreneurs.

Often neglected, but critically important is the work this department is supposed to carry out regarding agriculture and the environment. The department’s response to the current drought has been knee-jerk rather than proactive, which has had a disastrous impact on the agriculture sector in the province.

Little regard is given for the environment, as requests to provide feedback on Environmental Impact Assessments more often than not go ignored. This has been evidenced in the steam rolling of the mega-tailings dump proposed for Kalbasfontein on the West Rand.

Legislature oversight: The DA posed a total of 85 questions to the MEC of which 48 went unanswered.

Score: 5/10


Community Safety – MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane

Gauteng continues to remain a one stop shop for criminals. The failure by MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane to take steps to introduce smart policing and effective oversight measures have left residents of Gauteng at the mercy of gangs, hi-jacking syndicates, armed robbers and murders.

The consistent failure by the South African Police Service to meet Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) is a clear indication that the department’s constitutional mandate of oversight is being ignored.

Financially the department is faring better with accruals having being dealt with and showing some financial improvement, as well as having a new HOD who is providing more accurate reports on the department’s performance.

However, there is continued under expenditure on the Civilian Oversight Programme as well as the implementation of many small programmes that do not relate to the department’s core mandate.

Road fatalities remain high due to the MECs apparent lack of political will to improve road safety through the Gauteng Traffic Police.

Legislature oversight: The DA posed a total of 65 questions to the MEC of which 28 went unanswered.

Score: 5/10


Roads and Transport – MEC Ismail Vadi

MEC Ismail Vadi has rarely been seen at legislature oversight committee meetings, and when he has attended – he generally leaves early.

Cited in Premier David Makhura’s white elephant e-Toll review panel report, was the repeated emphasis that Gauteng is in dire need of cost effective, reliable public transport. MEC Vadi’s fixation with expanding the Gautrain network, when cost effective public transport is virtually non-existent in the province, speaks volumes to the mis-direction of the MEC’s priorities.

This is highlighted by the constant confusion and disorganization of provincial bus subsidies which frequently threaten commuter’s plans to get to and from work.

Unnecessary delays between his department and municipalities to formalise street light and road maintenance agreements as well as the huge roads maintenance backlogs remain a cause of concern.

The MEC is often quick to blame to the National Department of Transport for many of the short-comings of his department, yet despite numerous recommendations from the DA that he should engage Minister Dipuo Peters on these issues, the MEC remains silent.

Legislature oversight: The DA posed a total of 67 questions to the MEC of which 19 went unanswered.

Score: 4.5/10


Cooperative Governance, Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements – MEC Paul Mashatile  

MEC Paul Mashatile was deployed to this position to play politics – it is clear that his focus is not on the effective and efficient delivery of basic services and roll-out of housing in the province.

Cheap politicking has no place in the provincial government when hundreds of thousands  of Gauteng’s citizens are living in squalor, awaiting proper homes, adequate sanitation and electricity and ownership through the delivery of long awaited title deeds.

The department of human settlements is nearing financial collapse and during his tenure, R908 million was sent back to National Treasury, money which was allocated for housing delivery.

MEC Mashatile has made numerous utterances about placing DA Municipalities under administration, because the ANC has not yet accepted the outcome of the Local Government Elections, he even went as far as encouraging the community of Nellmapius to disrupt the Tshwane Council meeting in October this year.

The municipalities of Lesedi, Merafong and Emfuleni continuously fail to provide services to their residents and implement sound financial management procedures.

The MEC would do well to spend his time on ensuring that his department can fulfil its constitutional mandate of service delivery. The department cannot go another year failing to deliver its mandate – ultimately keeping the provinces most marginalised trapped in the cycle of homelessness.

Legislature oversight: The DA posed a total of 240 questions to the MEC of which 141 went unanswered.

Score: 3/10


Health – MEC Qedani Mahlangu

Events of 2016 have proved that MEC Qedani Mahlangu is not fit to hold office.

She should have resigned or been fired over the 37 known deaths of psychiatric patients transferred hastily to unsuitable NGOs after the cancellation of the contract for Life Healthcare Esidimeni which looked after about 2000 patients.

Her continued evasion of this subject, and her defiance on the matter makes her appear more complicit than a simple by-stander in a failed project.

She has also bungled the payments of Community Health Workers by handing over their administration to the SmartPurse Company which many CHWs objected to. This has seen the loss of about 2000 CHWs, which has adversely affected the provinces primary health care.

Premier Makhura is equally to blame for this situation. His initial appointment of MEC Mahlangu and his subsequent inability to do the right thing by relieving her of her duties has jeopardised Gauteng’s primary healthcare network.

A professional individual is needed to replace Mahlangu to ensure that residents of Gauteng receive quality, dignified healthcare.

Legislature oversight: The DA posed a total of 142 questions to the MEC of which 48 went unanswered.

Score: 0/10


Education – MEC Panyaza Lesufi

Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, is more responsive to challenges in his department than most of his fellow MECs.

He is willing to engage openly with the opposition, even if his solutions are not always befitting the challenges at hand.

His piloting of the online school enrolment process for grade 1 and 8 learners has been relatively successful despite initial challenges to the system. The number of Matric bachelor passes in the province have gradually increased during his tenure.

However, Lesufi still battles to deal with the basic challenges facing his department like providing running water, electricity and sanitation to some schools in the province. His department’s inability to identify how many asbestos schools there are in the province, and a detailed plan of action to immediately address this, continues to place the health and safety of learners and teachers at risk.

The failure to comply with the National Department’s Norms and Standards to reduce the cost of building new schools continually sees project running over cost – wreaking havoc with the department’s budget.

The MEC has also failed to take the lead on the cash-for-jobs syndicate where SADTU union members have been implicated offering cash rewards for SGB’s and officials to ensure that their preferred candidates are selected for teacher, deputy principal and principal positions.

MEC Lesufi can do more in his department, but must get the basics right and stamp out corruption decisively.

Legislature oversight: The DA posed a total of 104 questions to the MEC of which 34 went unanswered

Score: 6/10


Social Development – MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza

MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza deployment to the department earlier this year was met with anticipation, as it was hoped that she would breathe fresh air into the department.

However, the trend set by her predecessor, Faith Mazibuko, has remained.

The biggest concern with this department is the lack of transparency. The department does not submit documents showing actual transfers to all NGO’s and NPO’s in the province, this is coupled by the continual late payment of these organisations. This has created a situation where  a number of NGO’s and NPO’s are on the verge on closing down, which will leave people destitute or create  overcrowding the ones that remain open.

Social workers and auxiliary social workers around the province work in terrible conditions. They handle many case load and therefore struggle to give case the quality attention it deserves. In some places social workers work in open plan offices yet they counsel people who need to be given confidentiality.

Like in previous years the MEC has still not provided comprehensive plans for people with disabilities, the elderly and those struggling with substance abuse.

Most concerning is that there is no real plan to capacitate the growing number of non-compliant Early Childhood Development centres in the province.

MEC Mayathula-Khoza has still not put in place a payment schedule to collect monies owing from various departments to the Department of Social Development.

This is coupled by the fact that financial documents presented in various documents are often inconsistent. In some cases, instead of presenting targets and actuals, only percentages are indicated.

Gauteng’s most vulnerable and marginalised will continue to remain so if the MEC does not pull the financial state of this department into shape and support the staff it employs to create a more holistic, caring environment.

Legislature oversight: The DA posed a total of 46 questions to the MEC of which 12 went unanswered.

Score: 5/10


Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture – MEC Faith Mazibuko

The department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (SRAC) has been in a state of flux this year since the suspension, and later firing of Molebatsi Bopape, who was replace Faith Mazibuko as MEC.

While Gauteng Premier, David Makhura took the right action against the former Head of Department, for meddling in supply chain management processes, MEC Faith Mazibuko has not endeared herself as the current leader of this department.

SRAC was the only department in the GPG portfolio to have shown regression by incurring unauthorised expenditure. Irregular expenditure for the 2015/16 financial year doubled from R88.6 million to R194.4 million.

Long outstanding projects of this department, such as the Provincial Archives Centre in Kagiso and additional libraries across the province are still outstanding.

These failures have been pinned on the Department of Infrastructure Development. Recently MEC Mazibuko launched a scathing attack on MEC for Infrastructure Development, Jacob Mamabolo, claiming that her department’s failures rest squarely at his feet.

SRAC needs to for a better partnership with DID to ensure that it delivers on its mandate. It also needs to implement stronger financial controls to ensure that it spends its budget on correctly.

Legislature oversight: The DA posed a total of 71 questions to the MEC of which 23 went unanswered

Score: 3/10


It is clear that there is much room for improvement across the board, and that Premier Makhura’s dream of a Gauteng government that delivers will remain distant if he does not show the political will necessary to take action against corruption and stand up to his masters in Luthuli House for the good of the people of Gauteng.


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DA Debates Freedom Day

Note to editors: The following speeches were delivered in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature today by the DA Gauteng Caucus Leader, John Moodey MPL and DA Spokesperson on Economic Development, Ashor Sarupen MPL, during a debate on Freedom Day.


Speech by: John Moodey MPL

 “Millions jobless despite 22 years of freedom”

  • 22 years of the peoples’ choice in government and the best constitution in the world yet far too many of our people are still struggling.
  • Millions of South Africans are still in chains and denied their dignity and are robbed of a brighter future.
  • 22 years on yet far too many of our people will remain oppressed by unemployment and poverty – they are denied quality basic services, their future remains bleak because of corruption and self-enrichment by those in authority.

The full speech can be obtained here.


Speech by: Ashor Sarupen MPL

“The DA embodies the values of uTata Madiba”

  • On the 27th of April 1994, we as a nation cast off our shackles, our prejudices, forgave each other, and, for the first time, elected a government on the basis of one person, one vote.
  • Using stereotypes to discredit people is wrong.
  • Verwoerd’s dream was to box people in on identity politics. To say that if you are Indian, or black, or coloured you live only in certain areas, practice certain religions, sound only a certain way with a certain language and can only attain a certain level of education was his dream – and it was wrong. It was evil.

The full speech can be obtained here.


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e-Tolls: Gauteng ANC Cannot Undo Its Masters Bidding

National Transport Department

Gauteng ANC chairperson, Paul Mashatile’s comments that the National Transport Department must not force the e-Toll system down people’s throats rings as a hollow election slogan, because if the ANC was really against the system, it would have turned the gantries off years ago.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura’s backtracking on the matter speaks volumes to the complete disregard the ANC has for the financial damage e-Tolls metes out on the citizens of Gauteng.

When promising to address the issue in 2014, Makhura appeared to have had citizen’s interests at heart. However, after a costly review panel, a slightly altered – but ultimately the same e-Toll package was handed back to Gauteng residents under the guise of a “new dispensation”.

Makhura, Mashatile and the Zuma Administration

In his State of the Province Address this year, Makhura made mention of the fact that the system of e-tolling is not being adhered to because of the financial implications – the heart of why the DA has never supported this unjust system.

Makhura has gone on record as stating that this issue will be reviewed. He has reviewed it once, what different outcome will there be this time?

Paul Mashatile throwing his weight behind Makhura will have no impact. Shunned by the current Zuma administration, Mashatile is in no position to pull strings at a national level. Makhura has not spoken to President Zuma since assuming office in 2014 and is not favoured because he is seen as a man of action – something many of his ANC colleagues are not.

Upcoming Municipal Elections

It is safe to say that under this ANC led government, with its two centres of power, e-Tolls are here to stay. The thousands of Gauteng’s residents who make use these taxed roads will continue to suffer.

The DA winning the cities of Johannesburg and Tshwane in the upcoming municipal elections is the first step to undoing this unjust taxation of Gauteng’s roads.

The first thing a DA administration as the government in Gauteng will do is turn off the e-toll gantries.


Media enquiries:

John Moodey MPL

DA Gauteng Provincial Leader

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ANC lacks the vision to fix joblessness, e-tolls and housing crises

Madam Speaker:

On behalf of the Democratic Alliance, I would like to thank the Honourable Premier for delivering the State of the Province Address on Monday. That he can do so is a tribute to the fibre and strength of Gauteng’s democracy.

We are approaching the 20th anniversary of the adoption of our inspirational human-rights constitution. We remember that the great work of the Constitutional Assembly took place in this City.

Its adoption as a living document- which shines a light today – is a celebration of country, not party.

I am proud of the role my Party played in co-drafting with the other parties’ represented here our liberal democratic constitution based on non-racialism, equality and tolerance.

Our daily politics may be divided, but we share many of the same basic principles.

The presence of us all today testifies to the fact that the province is strong.

However, the state that serves the province is weak.

Gauteng – like South Africa – is suffering a major crisis of leadership.

In these challenging times, we wanted the Premier on Monday to give the province direction to overcome despair. Yet he has failed to match the prestige of his office with a sense of direction.

The Honourable Premier dutifully off ticked his statutory responsibility on his notepad, but his speech lacked leadership and vision.

In fact, it sounded like last year’s Address repackaged.

The Premier could have boldly set out actions steps to fix the province’s economy, e-tolls, and housing crises. Instead, he offered a reheated version of last year’s broken promises, knitted together with platitudes and processes.

We all know that the biggest tragedy of our time is unemployment. The people of this province is crying out for action. The premier’s address failed to speak to the many people – especially young black people – who are trapped in long-term unemployment.

This administration’s lack of leadership is causing havoc on the frontline of Gauteng’s economy – where real people live outside the bubble of politics and government.

The premier might recall that his not so honourable friend, President Zuma, promised five million new jobs by 2020. But joblessness has risen every year that the President has been in office. The economy now has 8, 3 million people jobless.

Let’s zoom in.

Gauteng is the economic heartland of South Africa, constituting just over 34% of the country’s GDP.

But there are over two million people who are out of work in Gauteng. This means that over 30% of the provinces labour force cannot find work or have given up looking for work.

Does the Honourable Premier appreciate the ‘opportunity cost’ as well as the human tragedy of having so many people out of work? Does he care for them?

Madam Speaker: A vote for the ANC in this year’s local government elections is a vote for more unemployment.

The DA is working hard to win Gauteng to get the province back to work.

For there is a town of hope that shines brightest on Gauteng’s map. A place where good governance runs like a river, and social justice like a never failing stream.

Can honourable members imagine a future where the DA has the opportunity to replicate the success of Midvaal municipality across the province?

Why does Midvaal stand tall as the best governed municipality in Gauteng?

Why is Midvaal rated as offering the highest quality of life in Gauteng?

Why is Midvaal ranked first in Gauteng for responding to the needs of the poor, and providing basic services?

Above all, why does Midvaal boast an unemployment rate far lower than the rest of the province?

What is so special about this place where new start-ups and factories are springing to life, sharing prosperity with the many?

Madam Speaker: the answer is that while the ANC talks about a better life for all, the DA in office delivers the better life for all promised in the constitution.

Not only does the Premier not have a vision to get Gauteng working, the ANC throws multiple obstacles in his way.

Let’s take the e-toll crisis.

The DA advocates a ring-fenced fuel levy to pay for the e-tolls.

Yet the “new dispensation” brokered between the Premier and the Deputy-President, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, last year was anything but new.

Mirroring the technique of the Premier’s repackaged speech, the cost stayed the same taking inflation into account.

It was just reconfigured to make it appear that motorists were paying less.

More bad news for Gauteng’s battered motorists’ and families is on the way in 2016.

SANRAL are increasing the cost of tolls by 5% at the end of February, which is almost at the same rate as the province’s headline inflation prediction.

Simply put, motorists’ hardship is set to deepen in 2016 as the cost of living spirals.

On Monday, the Premier said that he had listened to people across the province highlighting their opposition to the e-toll system.

The DA agreed when he said that people do not want to embark on a civil disobedience campaign for the sake of it. Because the people of Gauteng are law abiding and good citizens.

But what is the point of listening, Mr Premier, if you do not act?

The fact is that e-tolls are untenable and morally wrong.

While our revenue crust ever diminishes, a huge slice of the collection fees heads overseas.

More fundamentally, people cannot afford to pay e-tolls due to apartheid spatial planning.

If the Premier went online and looked at a Google map of Gauteng, he would see a striking picture of inequality and a lop-sided economy.

A blaze of light and colour in the centre shows that we’ve not made enough progress to build a new and inclusive economy for all.

The Premier would, in an instant, see that poor people who travel from the outskirts of the province to the centres of economic activity are the hardest hit.

The inherent cruelty of e-tolls, Madam Speaker, is that they strengthen and deepen apartheid’s spatial scars.

They are emblematic of the ‘Great Unwinding’ of our society that is taking place under President Zuma.

E-tolls stunts Gauteng’s progress to reshape the composition of the economy, and end the division between the few “insiders” and the many “outsiders.”

The Premier said that he would once again look into the cost implications of e-tolls.

If he cannot give a timeline and an approximate figure of what he considers to be fair in his Reply, then his words remains hollow.

When elected, the DA will immediately scrap e-tolls.

Madam Speaker:

The province’s housing crisis is as symbolic as e-tolls of the ANC’s failure to make Gauteng a fair place to live for those who call it ‘home.’

The DA acknowledges the Premier’s candour that housing delivery in Gauteng falls far short of what is required.

The Premier will also know that the City of Johannesburg disregarded a Constitutional Court declaration that the city’s housing policy is unconstitutional.

This means that the constitutional mandated co-operation between the provincial and metro spheres of government in Gauteng has broken down.

The DA saluted Nelson Mandela’s government housebuilding programme in the first decade of democracy, which gave expression to the people’s constitutional right to shelter.

But that progress has now stalled.

Today, not enough units are being built, and we are not keeping pace with the province’s rapid population growth.


Nor has the province made the visionary shift that the DA-led Western Cape has done to make housing a driver of fairness, inclusion, and reconciliation.

Last week, Premier Helen Zille announced a multimillion-rand construction project of a mixed-use neighbourhood, which will contribute towards addressing Cape Town’s spatial legacies of apartheid.

To make Gauteng a fair province where every person is proud to call ‘home’, we need mixed housing for people of all backgrounds and incomes.

RDP housing has not been fast-tracked as promised. And when sites are identified, they are not truly breaking the back of apartheid spatial planning.

And most of the new “mega cities” are only at the ribbon-cutting phase. Spades have not yet turned soil.

The DA however welcomes the fact that these projects are public private partnerships.

South Africa needs investor confidence and investment if we are to have the means to redress the past in economic terms.

The administration’s DA-lite approach to PPPs is, of course, completely out of kilter with the national ANC.

So I don’t want to make the Premier’s job any more difficult than it already is. But it is hard not to draw the conclusion that he is being constrained from doing what is right by Luthuli House.

We note that the honourable Mashatile has made a cameo comeback as the Co-operative Governance, Traditional Affairs and Housing MEC. He looks happy to be back.

Some say that this is an election gimmick, while the corridor gossip I hear is that it was done to solidify the ANC in Gauteng’s position against President Zuma.

Either way, he outranks the Premier in the ANC’s provincial structure. The fear must be that the battle for the soul of the ANC is overtaking the battle to provide service delivery in Gauteng.

Madam Speaker:

Gauteng’s success will rise or fall on infrastructure development, and our ability to switch the lights on, and get goods to markets.

Once again, the Premier speaks like the DA when he says that the failure to pay suppliers timeously strangles businesses who work for government.

70% compliance with the payment of suppliers with 30 days in massive departments like Health, Infrastructure and Education effectively bankrupts start-ups and those emerging from the township economy.

The eGovernance department will help ensure compliance, but it will not have the power to switch the lights on or pre-empt cyber-attacks.

None of the additional power generation strategies that the Premier promised in 2015 have materialised.

Last year, the DA asked if there was a provincial disaster plan in the event of the electricity grid being compromised – or being shut down by hackers, which happened last month in the Ukraine.

The administration claimed that these things are done ‘on a need to mobilise basis’, with the resources available.

In other words, there is no official back up plan.

When it comes to electricity, we are all truly in this together. Without electricity, people on the roads are endangered. Transport creaks to a stop, and shop shelves lay empty. Patients in hospital risk death and disease. Our elderly and children are especially vulnerable.

The Premier must put an additional power strategy in place, just like the Western Cape has done.

Madam Speaker:

There is a simple and animating reason why the DA is marching towards power in Gauteng: We exercise power on behalf of citizens, and we never let power use us.

We are marching towards power in Johannesburg and Tshwane because we have a vision to turn back the legacy of apartheid; to build an open and inclusive economy.

The time is fast running out for the Honourable Premier to use the power of his office to fix Gauteng’s joblessness, e-tolls and housing crises.

For the sake of Gauteng, we can only hope that he can break out of the strait-jacket of President Zuma’s failed leadership.

DA To Debate Gauteng’s State Of The Province

Tomorrow, 25 February 2016, DA Gauteng Caucus Leader, John Moodey MPL, and members of his shadow cabinet will debate Gauteng Premier David Makhura’s State of the Province Address. The DA will reveal the true state of the Gauteng economy, unemployment and service delivery backlogs – and offer its policy proposals to transform Gauteng into an all-inclusive economic centre of prosperity.
Date: Thursday, 25 February 2016
Time: 10:00 am
Venue: Gauteng Provincial Legislature, Johannesburg

There will be opportunities for interviews and photographs. Members of the media are welcome to attend.


Media enquiries:

Warren Gwilt

DA Gauteng: Communication & Research Manager

060 963 8320

DA To Debate Gauteng’s State Of The Province

Tomorrow, 25 February 2016, DA Gauteng Caucus Leader, John Moodey MPL, and members of his shadow cabinet will debate Gauteng Premier David Makhura’s State of the Province Address. The DA will reveal the true state of the Gauteng economy, unemployment and service delivery backlogs – and offer its policy proposals to transform Gauteng into an all-inclusive economic centre of prosperity.
Date: Thursday, 25 February 2016
Time: 10:00 am
Venue: Gauteng Provincial Legislature, Johannesburg

There will be opportunities for interviews and photographs. Members of the media are welcome to attend.


Media enquiries:

Warren Gwilt

DA Gauteng: Communication & Research Manager

060 963 8320

1877 SAPS Vehicles Currently Out of Action in Gauteng

Police Vehicles Not Operational

In response to DA questions regarding the number of police vehicles in Gauteng, Community Safety MEC, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, has indicated that of 10 676, at least 1887 are currently undergoing repairs.

This means that around 20% of police vehicles in Gauteng are not operational, with another 1560 scheduled for upcoming maintenance.

In addition to this, at least 6044 vehicles have been scrapped over the past six financial years.

Maintenance Issues

The DA’s questions were submitted in response to recent reports which highlighted the dire state of Public Order Policing vehicles at the SAPS depot in Diepkloof, Johannesburg.

The MEC further indicates that these vehicles are serviced by three main garages and 12 auxiliary garages.

During oversight visits to police stations in the province, many SAPS members have raised the issue of maintenance; indicating that minor repairs to their vehicles can take weeks in the government garages, forcing them to turn to private garages just to keep their vehicles on the road.

1877 vehicles out of action means 1877 less opportunities to respond to incidents of crime or public disturbances.

Spiralling Crime Rates

In a province with spiralling crime rates it means that hundreds of our residents may not receive the protection that they deserve from the police.

I will be requesting that the MEC reviews current maintenance policies, which may include major improvements to the current service garages or even building new ones.

We cannot be in a situation where so many vehicles are out of action at one time.

The fight against crime will not wait while these vehicles are repaired and the people of this province should feel secure in the knowledge that there are always adequate resources to respond immediately to their safety needs.


Media Enquiries:

John Moodey MPL
DA Leader in Gauteng and the Legislature
082 960 3743

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John Moodey to Present the True State of Ekurhuleni Metro

This morning DA Gauteng Provincial Leader, John Moodey, DA Ekurhuleni Caucus Leader, Cllr Fortune Mahano and DA Ekurhuleni caucus members will brief the media over the true state of the Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality.


The briefing will take place outside the Wanneburg Clinic in the informal settlement of Makause near Primrose, Germiston, where the DA will present its policy alternatives in the run up to Executive Mayor Mondli Gungubele’s State of the City Address on Wednesday.



Date: Monday, 23 March 2015


Time: 09:30


Venue: Wanneburg Clinic, Pretoria Road, (between Bus and Mimosa Roads) Primrose


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There will be ample opportunity for interviews and photographs. Members of the media are welcome to attend.



Media enquiries:

Cllr Fortune Mahano

DA Ekurhuleni Caucus Leader

072 451 2645


Angela Barnes

DA Media Liaison – Ekurhuleni Caucus

083 701 9972


John Moodey to Present the True State of Ekurhuleni Metro

True State of Ekurhuleni

Tomorrow, Monday 23 March 2015, DA Gauteng Provincial Leader, John Moodey, DA Ekurhuleni caucus leader, Cllr Fortune Mahano and DA Ekurhuleni caucus members will brief the media over the true state of the Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality.

The briefing will take place outside the Wanneburg Clinic in the informal settlement of Makause near Primrose, Germiston, where the DA will present its policy alternatives in the run up to Executive Mayor Mondli Gungubele’s State of the City Address on Wednesday.

Event Details

Date: Monday, 23 March 2015


Time: 09:30


Venue: Wanneburg Clinic, Pretoria Road, (between Bus and Mimosa Roads) Primrose


Click here to view map.

There will be ample opportunity for interviews and photographs. Members of the media are welcome to attend.



Media enquiries:

Cllr Fortune Mahano

DA Ekurhuleni Caucus Leader

072 451 2645


Angela Barnes

DA Media Liaison – Ekurhuleni Caucus

083 701 9972