The election of Cilliers Brink as Tshwane Executive Mayor is an excellent opportunity to refocus city governance on delivery for residents

The DA in Gauteng welcomes the election of Cllr Cilliers Brink as the Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane. Mr Brink now leads the City’s Multi-Party Coalition government and we, like our coalition partners, have full confidence in his ability to deliver on the promise of clean and compassionate governance to make the Capital City one that works for all its residents.

The lingering effects of reckless lockdown policies, unlawful ANC interventions in the City from other spheres of government, poor financial decisions, and the continuous and escalating impact of prolonged stage 6 load-shedding have caused significant hardships for the City, especially with regard to its devastating impact on Tshwane’s finances.

Whilst the City has been spared much of the worst political opportunism that has derailed efforts at constructive coalition government in other metros in Gauteng, instability is the clear objective of the ANC-EFF in opposition, supported by minor parties willing to put opportunism before collaboration to deliver to the residents of the City. Even physical violence has been used by this coalition of corruption to seek the disruption of service delivery-focused governance.

But we are confident that Mr Brink, as Executive Mayor, will master these challenges with distinction.

The DA in Gauteng calls on all parties in the Tshwane City Council to put effective, delivery-focused government above party political games and stunts. The City’s residents deserve nothing less.