- David Makhura, Gauteng's premier, wants a new mayor for Johannesburg to be elected today
- He threatened to intervene and take over the City of Joburg, should a new mayor not be elected
- There are three candidates in the running for the Johannesburg mayorship, EFF’s Musa Novela, DA’s Funzela Ngobeni and ANC’s Geoff Makhubo
Gauteng Premier David Makhura has warned that he will intervene and take over should the City of Joburg fail to elect a new mayor today, as the city remains dysfunctional.
A new mayor was meant to be elected at a council sitting last Thursday, however the meeting was postponed due to differences over what entailed a majority vote.
“The provincial government will continue to intervene in municipalities affected by governance chaos and maladministration to ensure service delivery is not affected and residents do not suffer,” said Makhura.
Lebogang Maile, the MEC for human settlements, urban planning and cooperative governance and traditional affairs, urged Joburg speaker, Vasco da Gama to convene a meeting with the whips of all parties ahead of the council meeting.
Maile explained he was concerned about the state of affairs in the city after council failed to elect a new executive mayor.
“As the MEC responsible for local government in Gauteng, the current state of affairs is of great concern to me and, no doubt, to the residents of the city,” Maile said.
The election of the mayor was postponed last week due to the confusion about what constituted a majority as one of the seats, previously held by the ANC, is vacant.
Three candidates are competing for the mayoral post in Joburg today:
EFF’s Musa Novela, who has been in the party since its establishment in 2013. In 2016, he was elected as a councillor and the EFF caucus leader in the council. He was involved in the coalition government when Herman Mashaba was the mayor. He holds a certificate in local governance from the University of Johannesburg.
EFF’s national spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi believes Novela is a “capable leader”.
DA’s Funzela Ngobeni, 44, is currently the party’s Johannesburg regional chairperson and deputy caucus leader. He has a post-graduate diploma in public management and a certificate in housing policy development and management from Wits School of Governance. He was appointed member of the mayoral committee for development planning after the 2016 municipal elections. He held the position for 16 months before becoming the MMC for finance and information communication technology last year. He still holds this post.
Ngobeni is committed to furthering the plans of the DA in the city and to root out corruption.
“Visible service delivery to all residents, including the underprivileged communities, remains this administration’s priority. Over the past three years, we have declared corruption our number one enemy. I will intensify our anti-corruption programme. This includes following up on all pending cases that are with the NPA and the Hawks.”
ANC’s Geoff Makhubo has been a political activist since the 1980s. He joined the ANC and youth league in the 1990s. He held several positions in the party before being elected as the regional chairperson of the City of Joburg last year.
Makhubo has transformation in mind for the city.
“The traffic lights must be working. The taps full, the grass must be cut. As you walk into Johannesburg, there must be cleanliness. That’s the focus for my first 100 days. It’s the look and feel of Johannesburg. There will also be transformation programmes that must be introduced.”
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