DA Calls For Calm In Orlando Housing Protest

The DA is calling for calm in Mzihlophe following protest action that saw parts of the Soweto Highway being closed off due to violence.

The protestors are raising issue with the eviction of illegal land invaders from Mzimhlophe by the City.

The City of Johannesburg is taking steps, through its low-income housing programme, to ensure that residents are given access to housing as a matter of urgency.

Examples of the DA-led City of Joburg housing plans include R41 million more budgeted to electrify informal settlements, R219 million more allocated by Mayor Mashaba’s government to use in the purchase of property in the inner city for refurbishment into low-cost rental housing for 1164 families.

In order for the stated plans to be realised, residents need to refrain from violence and allow the City to proceed with the full implementation of its housing programme. The DA assures residents that progress in delivery of housing opportunities is being made by the DA-led government.

Mayor Mashaba has already made it clear that low-cost housing is one of the top priorities of his administration. Since taking office, he has issued over 2000 title deeds to homeowners in Johannesburg’s high-density suburbs.

The Mayor is fully committed to fulfilling his vision of a fair and caring city where the dignity of residents is prioritised.

The DA-led administration is calling on Mzihlophe residents to work with the City in addressing their concerns instead of resorting to violence.



Media Enquiries

Tsepo Mhlongo MP
DA Constituency Head: Soweto East
082 727 5496

JHB Council Disrupted By Undemocratic ANC Thuggery

Undemocratic Thuggery

Today’s disruption of the Johannesburg Council, by members of the ANC and ANC-affiliates, is nothing less than undemocratic thuggery.

The ANC in Johannesburg has nothing to offer but chaos and violence, and is undermining the will of the people who voted the ANC out of power in Election 2016.

The DA condemns the ANC disruption of Council in the strongest terms, and the calculated, orchestrated way in which it unfolded shows that the ANC had pre-meditated this chaos.

That ANC Councillors assisted members of the MKMVA and the ANC-offshoot ‘Johannesburg Social Movement’ to stop the business of council and damage property, shows that the ANC came to council today with a singular mission to disrupt.

The People’s Business

The DA-led government of Mayor Herman Mashaba will not be deterred and will continue to press forward in passing the Adjustment Budget. Mayor Mashaba’s government has the people’s business to do, and the ANC cannot stop this.

We welcome the City of Johannesburg confirmation that footage of the disruption will be studied and that criminal charges will be laid.

The time for the undemocratic ways of the ANC is over. Johannesburg has business to do.



Media enquiries:

Khume Ramulifho MPL

DA Johannesburg Regional Chairperson

082 398 7375

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ANC’s Parks Tau Left Johannesburg In A Disastrous State

City of Johannesburg Mismanagement

The Auditor-General’s findings into the blatant mismanagement of the City of Johannesburg under the leadership of former ANC Mayor, Parks Tau, speaks volumes to how residents of the city were short changed by the ANC.

Millions of rands worth of fruitless and wasteful expenditure which were incurred under the ANC could have been better spent on uplifting the lives of the city’s poor and marginalised. It is shameful that the systemic rot within the ANC denied millions of residents a better quality of life.

Municipal Financial Management Act

The lack of transparency and unwillingness to investigate the mismanagement of public funds, as well as the instances where there have been clear violations of the Municipal Financial Management Act, stand testament to the true legacy of Park’s Tau.

The DA will leave no stone unturned in Johannesburg to ensure that where public money can be recovered, it will be – and those who have broken the law will be brought to book.

It is our intention to ensure that every resident of this city is served with humility, respect and in the most transparent manner possible.

The days of waste, poor service delivery and dishonest governance walked out the door with Parks Tau.



Media enquiries:

Khume Ramulifho MPL

DA Johannesburg Regional Chairperson

082 398 7375

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DA Forces MEC Ismail Vadi To Take Action

Corrupt Activities by Officials

Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC, Ismail Vadi’s belated announcement that the Department of Roads and Transport will be taking steps against officials in the Department allegedly involved in corrupt activities has been brought about by DA action in the City of Johannesburg.

In the DA-run City of Johannesburg, 70 officials in licensing departments were arrested for being involved in corrupt activities.

The DA in the Provincial Legislature has for years warned MEC Vadi that corruption is not only endemic in the testing and licensing sections of the department.

Sworn affidavits by members of the public were provided to the MEC identifying officials in the department. Yet these were received by deafening silence from the MEC and members of his department.

A 2016 enquiry by the Transport Portfolio Committee on the taxi industry in Gauteng produced further startling evidence of corrupt activities by officials. MEC Vadi refers to almost a thousand officials fingered in the operation, a reflection of the extent of the rot.

There is little doubt that the initiative by Johannesburg Mayor, Herman Mashaba forced the MEC to take action. We hope that this belated action will not peter out without tangible results, as has often happened in the past.



Media Enquiries:


Justus de Goede MPL

DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Transportation

060 558 8305

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IEC Instructs Parks Tau To Respond To DA Complaint By COB Today

Abusing City Funds

Lawyers acting for the IEC have instructed incumbent Johannesburg Mayor and ANC Mayoral Candidate, Parks Tau, to respond to the DA’s complaint against him by close of business today.

On 8 July, the DA laid a complaint with the IEC against Parks Tau for abusing City funds to shamelessly advertise himself and the ANC.

The City of Joburg, has tried to rubbish our complaint as falling within its responsibility to, “inform residents of progress towards fulfilling its mandate”, but this is a blatant distortion of the truth and an attempt to misinform the public.

The basis of our complaint is a radio advertisement paid for by the City of Johannesburg, which reads as follows:

“A great city like Joburg deserves great leadership, so it’s good to know that Joburg executive mayor, counsellor Parks Tau, was recently nominated as an African candidate for the United Cities and Local Government co-Presidency and the MEC for Health and Social Development was elected Vice President of the Network for Locally Elected Women of Africa, an Integral part of United Cities and Local Governance Africa. Clearly the city of Joburg is in good hands. Joburg, a world class African city.”

ANC Cronies Waste Tax-payers’ Money

This is clearly an excessive and gratuitous depiction of an office bearer of the City, and clearly creates a perception that the advertisement promotes the Mayor as an individual.

It has absolutely nothing to do with informing Johannesburg residents of any progress made by the City towards fulfilling its mandate.

The DA will not stand by idly while Tau and his ANC cronies waste tax-payers’ money on self-promotion and threaten the fairness of the upcoming elections.

Electoral Code of Conduct

The electoral Code of Conduct states that:

“No person may, abuse a position of power, privilege or influence, including parental, patriarchal, traditional or employment authority to influence the conduct or outcome of an election”.

By spending public money on party political propaganda, Mr Tau is abusing his position in an attempt to influence the outcome of this election.

We eagerly await the response of Parks Tau, who must be held to account for flagrant abuse of City funds and infringement of the electoral Code of Conduct.

Should the IEC fail to take strong action against Tau, the DA will consider its legal options against Mayor Tau, as well as the IEC, in the interest of upholding the Code of Conduct, the Constitution, and South Africa’s hard-won democracy.

Millions of Rand have been spent on newspaper adverts, billboards, and radio adverts over the past four months in an attempt to prop up Tau’s administration.

This excessive and wasteful expenditure comes in the wake of disastrous failures by the ANC-run City to create jobs, stop corruption, and ensure quality service delivery to all.

City of Golden Opportunities

For too long, the ANC has broken its promises and lost the trust of the people of Johannesburg.

I call on the people of Johannesburg to see through the ANC’s blatant lies and punish them on 3 August.

It is time to bring an end to the ANC’s arrogance and their unashamed misuse of your money.

I pledge to never abuse your trust and misuse your money. Under a DA administration the residents and businesses of Johannesburg will be put ahead of self-interest, patronage and corruption.

Together, we can make Johannesburg a city of golden opportunities.

On 3 August, vote for change that will move Johannesburg forward.


Media enquiries:

Nkele Molapo

Media Officer

072 041 4842

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Tau’s Administration Has Failed The People Of Ennerdale

Ennerdale – Lack of Housing

I am on my way to Ennerdale with DA Gauteng Leader, John Moodey and DA Joburg Caucus Leader, Vasco da Gama to stand united with yet another community who have been failed by the Tau administration.

This morning’s protests broke out in Ennerdale over a lack of housing after it was discovered that no money had been set aside in the Joburg City Budget for development in the area.

This despite MMC for Housing, Dan Bovu, visiting the community in 2015 and promising to build houses.

Over a year later, this was just another empty promise scarring the Tau administration’s legacy.

In 2015, Bovu stated, “We cannot be a world-class African city if we are not going to facilitate ownership of houses to the people who have been in these areas for years. Days of allocating houses in terms of colour or race are over”.

Ennerdale – Lack of Jobs

22 years into our democracy, these words fall hallow on the people of Ennerdale. What is this ‘new economic democracy’ that Tau speaks of?

Ultimately, the struggle of this community, like so many others in Joburg, comes down to a question of jobs.

There are currently 869 000 unemployed people in Joburg, 66 000 of whom joined the ranks of the unemployed in the first quarter of 2016.

When elected mayor on 3 August, job creation will be my number one priority.

If more people had jobs, they could afford to rent and buy their own houses. With Jobs, there would be more tax revenue available to provide houses and services for those who cannot provide for themselves.


When elected Mayor, I will also do four things to turnaround Joburg’s housing crisis:

  1.    Pass ownership within six months by giving tens of thousands of people title deeds.
  2.    Halt housing list corruption by making the process transparent and open.
  3.    Incentivise entrepreneurs who build environmentally friendly and sustainable homes.
  4.    Provide services to informal settlements and embrace them into the City.

I, like the people of Ennerdale, am gatvol of the Tau administration’s broken promises and self-serving agenda.

Enough is enough. Come 3 August, vote for the change you want to see.


Media enquiries:

Nkele Molapo

Media officer

072 041 4842

Time For Tau To End His Jobs Denialism

David Makhura’s Government’s Failure

Gauteng Premier David Makhura yesterday acknowledged his government’s failure to stimulate job creation during his budget vote speech in the provincial legislature.

It is time that Joburg Mayor Parks Tau ends his jobs denialism and also acknowledges his failure to create jobs.

There are currently 869 000 jobless residents in Joburg, 66 000 of whom joined the ranks of the unemployed in the first quarter of 2016.

Unemployment is a scar on Tau’s record and his silence on the jobs crisis is unacceptable. Earlier this month, during his State of the City Address, Parks Tau mentioned ‘jobs’ once and failed to even mention the word ‘unemployment’.

Opportunities for Young People

It is time that Tau breaks his silence and apologises to the hundreds of thousands Joburg residents that have lost jobs under his watch.

When I am elected mayor on 3 August, I pledge to make job creation my number one priority.

With jobs, people can buy their own homes, taking the pressure off the state to provide homes. With jobs, we have more revenue to spend on the poor. With jobs, we can create opportunities.

I am running for Mayor of Johannesburg because I want to create opportunities for young people to get jobs and make a better life for themselves.

By assisting entrepreneurs to start businesses, helping job seekers to find work, cutting wasteful expenditure, and improving service delivery, I will create thousands of jobs to restore the hope of those who have been left behind.


Media enquiries:

Nkele Molapo

Media officer

072 041 4842

Joburg Budget: Unemployment Is A Scar On Tau’s Record

ANC Election Campaign Speech

The Budget tabled by Johannesburg MayCo Member for Finance Geoffrey Makhubu today failed to address the jobs crisis in Johannesburg.

Instead of an honest assessment of the jobs crisis, we heard a self-congratulatory speech focused on painting the ANC in a positive light.

This was an ANC election campaign speech, not a frank assessment of the challenges our people face.

There was no acknowledgement of the 869 000 unemployed residents in Johannesburg — 66 000 of whom joined the ranks of the unemployed in the first quarter of 2016.

Unemployment is a scar on Mayor Tau’s record. In failing to create jobs, he has failed the people of Johannesburg. History will judge him and the ANC government harshly.

I will create thousands of jobs

On my campaign throughout this great city, I have seen despair winning out over hope.

I have seen unemployed people using the filthiest pit toilets, I have seen raw sewage flowing in the streets and rubbish piled high on the pavements.

I have seen young people addicted to nyaope everywhere I go. With every job lost, we lose another young person to this terrible drug that is destroying families all over the city.

In the last four months, I have uncovered human rights violations in the communities of Zandspruit, Noordgesig, Alexandra, Kwamai-Mai and Kliptown. The Human Rights Commission has agreed to investigate all of these cases.

I am running for Mayor of Johannesburg because I want to create opportunities for young people to get jobs and make a better life for themselves.

By assisting entrepreneurs to start businesses, helping job seekers to find work, cutting wasteful expenditure, and improving service delivery, I will create thousands of jobs to restore the hope of those who have been left behind.


Media enquiries:

Nkele Molapo

Media officer

072 041 4842

Confessions Of A Reluctant Politician

As a young boy growing up the small village of GaRamotse in Hammanskraal, I was as far removed from the circles of power as it was possible to be.

That I stand before you today as a politician is as much of a surprise to me as it probably was to you when my candidacy was announced.

So allow me to tell you why I have decided to run for Mayor of Johannesburg.

My relationship with the media extends back to my youth when I worked with the media, such as to expose worker exploitation in Babelegi in the late 70s.

I regard the media as honourable men and women on the side of truth.

The success of our new-found democracy is dependant on the media’s robust engagement with issues that affect our country.

I am 56 years old and I’ve lived under the worst of South Africa’s apartheid laws.

The divisive policies promoted by the National Party government from the late 40s to the late 80s determined every aspect of my life as a black man. The policies determined where I could live. Where my parents could work. How often I could see my mother. The education I was entitled to. The quality of life I could expect to live.

When I finished high school I went to university, determined to educate myself out of poverty. However, it wasn’t to be, and during my second year, I abandoned my studies after student protests.

At that time it would have been so easy to join my friends on a shebeen stool and drink my life away. But I’d been poor, poor enough to only have water to ease the hunger.

I realised that hard work and opportunity was the only way I’d save myself from a lifetime of adversity.

Like millions of other black men and women I was forced to feed the apartheid economic machinery, working at jobs that paid menial salaries. Did I deserve a better salary? Of course I did. Were the employers exploiting me? Of course they were.

I fought back by exploiting the few opportunities that came my way.

I used each job as a stepping-stone to get a better job. Within 33 months I bought my own car – a blue Toyota Corolla that I drove off the showroom floor despite the fact that I’d never been behind the wheel of a car in my life!

I started my black hair care business with a R30 000 loan and I partnered with a white chemist who could create the formulas I needed.

Non-racialism and goodness was never an abstract idea for me. I saw it in action.

Policy at the time dictated that I couldn’t own a business in South Africa, so I opened my factory in the homeland of Bophuthatswana.

By the time South Africa’s first democratic election was held in 1994, I was enjoying a successful business career.

And political freedom had arrived at last for black South Africans.

I have always been animated by the belief that true freedom is the freedom for each person to be whatever he or she wants to be. It was this belief that drove me to succeed in business, and now drives me as I run for public office.

That’s why, in 2014, I publicly announced my membership of the DA. Then, in December 2015, when President Zuma fired Minister Nene, I realised that sitting comfortably on the sidelines with my membership card in my pocket was no use to anyone.

I was reminded of what Martin Luther King Jnr referred to as “the fierce urgency of now.” And so I immediately made myself available to stand for the DA in the Johannesburg mayoral bid.

And now I am a politician. I’ve been on the campaign trail for nearly four months, and experienced every nook of the city during this short time.

I’ve seen a city that is falling apart at the seams, one that is constantly being re-stitched together by people who refuse to give up.

It is these people that keep me going, people who despite having been given up on by the government, refuse to give up on themselves.

Make no mistake, during the golden age of Mr Mandela’s presidency, solid progress was made to deliver basic services, infrastructure and housing in the City of Johannesburg.

That progress has now stalled mainly because jobs dried up. With jobs, people can buy their own homes, taking the pressure off the state to provide homes.

With jobs, we have more revenue to spend on the poor. With jobs, we can lay pipelines of opportunity. With jobs, we have the means to build infrastructure fit for a dynamic city.

Every day I speak to disadvantaged men and women who have no job, who have no access to the most basic of human rights.

Likewise do I speak to advantaged men and women in the City who will help me to govern the city once the DA takes office.

It is as a result of all these interactions that I have developed my vision for the city of Johannesburg.

I am not ashamed to say that I am an entrepreneur at heart. And I believe that this will serve me well in public office.

I want to see results, I want to understand the feasibility of projects, and I will not lie to my voters. When drawing up my vision for Johannesburg, uppermost in my mind were the following questions: Can I deliver? Am I being honest to voters?

I am not asking voters for a blank cheque. I am asking for five years.  When I engage with residents, I am quite candid with them: if I don’t deliver on my vision for Johannesburg, vote me out.

But this campaign is bigger than Johannesburg itself. After all, Johannesburg contributes nearly 17% to the country’s GDP. The great South African story cannot be rewritten if Johannesburg is not transformed.

If Johannesburg works, South Africa works. – That is my mantra in this campaign.

It is heart breaking to witness joblessness on the scale that I see every day. Joblessness affects millions of South Africans – especially young black people who have never been employed and who feel that they never will work.

I know how business works. I’ve got a 30-year track record of creating thousands of jobs.

I know that with jobs the DA can eradicate obstacles to opportunities and build the kind of city that everyone wants to call home. A properly managed, dynamic city is the bedrock of innovation and change.

Our vision is to create a city at work over the next five years, with an abundance of job opportunities.

We will connect people to training and employment opportunities, and help them find jobs in these new businesses.

We will eradicate red tape and restrictions. I will review and amend by-laws that obstruct business within my first 100 days of office. I will work toward creating a business environment that attracts businesses to the city.

The City of Johannesburg owns many buildings that will be audited and identified to provide affordable commercial spaces for small businesses and shops to reverse the inner city’s decline and bring business back to the City.

I want the city to facilitate development of people and their ideas.

People who are earning are able to access capital and improve their lives. Smart local government is a strategic facilitator and we will connect aspirant entrepreneurs to microfinance and loans to facilitate home ownership and give the impoverished a pathway out of poverty.

You see, in the end, every part of my vision hinges upon creating jobs. It is the golden thread that connects it. With jobs we can expand the tax base. This means more services, more homes and less crime and social decay.

I’d like to thank you for being here. You have an enormous role to play in defending our democracy when our institutions are under threat. Perhaps your role has never been as critical as it is today.

I am confident that our bold vision for the City of Johannesburg is defined by what we stand for, not what we stand against. I am standing here.

But my heart is with those who are jobless on the dusty streets much the same as where I grew up.

They are the people we are fighting for in this campaign.


Media enquiries:

Willie Venter

060 963 8260

I Will Stand Up To Minister Oliphant Over Closed Down Labour Centres

145 Commissioner Street

Yesterday the DA visited the Department of Labour’s job centre at 145 Commissioner Street, which has been closed for almost two years now.

This means that Johannesburg’s job seekers are being denied access to work opportunities not only by an uncaring national government, but also by a city administration that is happy to sit on its hands and do nothing to take the National Minister, Mildred Oliphant, on.

This would change if I am elected Mayor of Johannesburg. The City can’t sit back and do nothing. I would stand up to Minister Oliphant from day one and tell her to reopen this important labour centre.

Labour Centres

Labour centres play a vital role in assisting job seekers to find employment. With the most important job centre in the city being closed down, while 66 000 additional people have joined the ranks of the unemployed in the last 3 months, many people will miss out on opportunities.

If the mayor is serious about creating jobs and building a prosperous city, he would also have established the City’s own job centres linked to the national centres and a central database of available job opportunities.

Job creation will be the DA’s first priority from the day we take office in Johannesburg.

Expanded Public Works Programme, Community Works Programme, City of Johannesburg internships

We will place all available Expanded Public Works Programme, Community Works Programme, City of Johannesburg internships, and other government jobs on a central database, which will be accessible via the Internet and at job centres.

We will invite the private sector to advertise their job vacancies on this same database in order to expand the pool of available jobs.

Change is coming to Johannesburg, change that boosts the local economy, creates jobs and transforms the city into a city that delivers a better life.


Media enquiries:

Willie Venter

060 963 8260