ANC learns from Western Cape experience

2010-09-11 15:15

The provincial executive committee (PEC) of the ANC in Gauteng will “not sit back and watch when governance collapses and service delivery comes to a standstill,” Gauteng chairperson Paul Mashatile said, adding that the party had learnt from the “Western Cape experience where the ANC has been defeated and the DA has taken over”.

Presenting a political overview at the Gauteng Provincial Council, Mashatile said: “There is no region or municipality that will escape the scrutiny of the PEC.”

He said the Nokeng Tsa Taemane Local Municipality, which includes towns such as Cullinan, Rayton and Roodeplaat, had drifted into a state of total dysfunctionality despite support from the provincial government. It would be under administration from October.

“This we did in order to improve financial management capacity within the municipality and to ensure it is able to deliver services to our people,” he told delegates at the St George’s hotel in Centurion.

Mashatile also referred to the West Rand, saying poor political leadership in the district had hampered progress in realising the ANC vision. This in turn resulted in the deployment of a new mayor, Mpho Nawa, who was chairperson of the West Rand region.

Mashatile said the intervention by the PEC had restored a sense of “purpose and direction” in all municipalities in that region.

He hit out hard at the Johannesburg regional executive council which had also since been dissolved because of in-fighting and a “total breakdown in discipline”, saying it had become pre-occupied with issues of deployment and tenders in the metro.

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