The premier of Gauteng David Makhura has warned that the ANC stands to be removed from power if it fails to punish those responsible for bad governance in the municipalities it leads.
While speaking in Boksburg on Monday, during the ANC’s local government summit; the summit’s aim was to look into the state of governance and socioeconomic challenges facing municipalities in the province.
The premier critisized some of the ANC led municipalities for continuing to tarnish the ANC’s image through bad conduct by leaders, which he said could see the governing party losing power if culprits were not punished. He said “We have to confront the reality that poor performance must be punishable, and corruption and mismanagement must lead to consequences. “It’s very hard to campaign for elections, as we have seen, so we can’t allow people to mess up the image of our organisation. It’s the ANC that will face the consequences because the people are very unforgiving.”
Makhura did not fail to throw shades at the mayor of Johannesburg Herman Mashaba and his administration, accusing them of deliberately snubbing the provincial administration on issues of co-operative governance. the premier revealed that his new MECs had been visiting municipalities to assist them in boosting service delivery initiatives, but said some municipalities refused to co-operate. He said “One thing we cannot have is ANC municipalities not prepared to co-operate with us because there are already municipalities not working with the provincial government simply because it’s an ANC-led government.” He added that while DA-led Tshwane worked well with the provincial government, Mashaba’s administration was snubbing his MECs.
Sounding a Warning to the ANC, Makhura said “If we are divided we will divide South Africa, and we are going to be sidetracked from the challenges faced by our people.”