- The ANC in Gauteng has called for early elections to be held in both the Cities of Johannesburg and Tshwane
- The ANC said these metros needed to be saved from a coalition led by the DA which had become dysfunctional and unable to provide services to the residents of the cities
- The DA slammed the calls and said it was a “cheap political gimmick” on the part of the ANC
The African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng has called for special early elections to be held in the cities of Johannesburg and Tshwane. The ANC said theses metros had become dysfunctional under the DA-led coalition.
The DA has slammed the call by the ANC and labelled it as an attempted hostile takeover and a cheap political gimmick. The DA said the ANC was still upset that the residents of Johannesburg and Tshwane had voted the party out of power during the last local elections.
The DA noted that the ANC had a track record of trying to impede the progress of the democratically elected coalition government in both metros and had at various times tried to destabilise both councils.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the ANC pointed out that the City of Tshwane was currently embroiled in various service delivery and corruption scandals and noted that this was proof that the DA-led coalition was dysfunctional and unable to serve the needs of the residents of the city.
eNCA.com reported that the ANC said it would go ahead with plans to remove Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga through a vote of no confidence.
Msimanga is currently politically vulnerable because of a R12 billion tender scandal which has rocked the city of Tshwane. News24.com reported that while Msimanga took quick action against the alleged mastermind behind the tender scandal, city manager Moeketsi Masola, the EFF has tabled a motion of no confidence against Msimanga.
The EFF was left fuming because Msimanga did not follow the proper channels or consultation process in his ousting of Moeketsi.
The ANC said the experiment of coalition governments had failed in South Africa and had proven too costly in terms of financials and service delivery disruptions to continue.
The party said the DA proved that coalition governments did not work because of infighting and that the time had come for fresh elections so the people could hand a fresh mandate to rule to the ANC.
TimesLive.co.za reported that the ANC said the only way to restore sanity and a sense of normalness in both metros was by holding early elections which would allow for one party to rule.
The ANC accused Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba of being slow to deal with corruption and failing to provide adequate service delivery to the residents of Johannesburg.
The City of Johannesburg has accused the ANC of using the provincial government structure to regain control over metros which it lost in the province through nefarious means.
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