Let Johannesburg rain be a blessing - DA
Johannesburg - The DA on Thursday said it would like to see the day when Johannesburg residents welcomed rain, instead of fearing the damage it would inflict on the city's poorly-built roads and homes.
"Pula ae ne... that's what we say in Tswana for let the rain fall, let the blessing come. In Johannesburg, rain spells disaster," the party's mayoral candidate Mmusi Maimane told a briefing in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
"People in their shacks start to worry about their roofs leaking, some are scared of the robots going out and everyone thinks about the potholes opening up."
Maimane said he wanted to see this change under a DA leadership, where rain no longer served as a reminder of poor service delivery.
According to the party, delivering basic services to each resident was a priority.
Doing so would, however, require an open and efficient administration, Maimane said.
The DA intended enforcing anti-corruption measures through accountability, employing skilled people into appropriate positions and turning around the city's financial management, he said.
"We would implement an open and transparent tender process to ensure tenders are awarded only to appropriate bidders that offer the most value for money.
"We would implement strict constraints on extravagant expenditure by members of our municipalities... on travel, banqueting, perks and accommodation."
The party intended employing the right people into the right positions and then holding them accountable.
"It's not about jobs for pals... their performance would be monitored, communicated, improved and [if unsatisfactory], dealt with," Maimane said.
The party envisioned a Johannesburg administration being held accountable by its residents through open communication.
The party would do this by holding a minimum of one community meeting per ward, per quarter, to offer residents a chance to air their views on municipal activities. It would open up meetings of the mayoral committee to the public to promote transparency.
"Citizens need to see how their money is spent and where it is sent... [for example] we are still waiting for the ANC to release the city's audited annual report.
"I am convinced there is overspending and liquidity challenges... when you hide something, you do it behind bureaucracy."
Maimane said the DA's ethos was ensuring a democratic government through openness and accountability.
"Only by ensuring citizens have full scrutiny over our affairs can we ensure that we are actually delivering on our mandate to build an open, opportunity society for all," he said.