David Makhura criticises Joburg Metro, Mayor Herman Mashaba hits back

David Makhura criticises Joburg Metro, Mayor Herman Mashaba hits back

- Gauteng Premier David Makhura says that the Johannesburg Metro does not work well with the provincial government

- Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba has since responded

- The mayor has dismissed the claims and argues that the issue comes from Makhura's end

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Gauteng Premier David Makhura says that the ANC must punish those responsible for poor administration of municipalities.

Makhura said that the ANC risked being voted out of government if it failed to do so.

The premier made the comments while speaking at an ANC summit in Boksburg on Monday.

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The summit was convened to address governance issues at various municipalities, Briefly.co.za has gathered. While making his address, Makhura also hit out at the Johannesburg Metro run by Mayor Herman Mashaba, according to IOL.

Makhura says that the Johannesburg metro has a poor working relationship with the provincial government. He took particular aim at Mashaba, accusing the mayor of deliberately frustrating the provincial government. 

Mashaba has since responded in an opinion piece, according News24. Mashaba has dismissed Makhura's criticism and accused the premier of speaking with a "forked tongue".

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He argues that the issues in the working relationship between Johannesburg an the provincial government come mostly from Makhura's end. As examples, he claimed that the provincial government has tried on several occasions to place the Johannesburg Metro under administration and has reduced the metro's housing grants.

Mashaba also says that provincial MECs have failed to work with his administration on issues such as undocumented persons, counterfeit goods and and efforts to revitalise the Johannesburg city centre.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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