Trollip gets a fail from ANC for first year in office

2017-08-17 22:47
Athol Trollip. (Werner Hills, Netwerk24)

Athol Trollip. (Werner Hills, Netwerk24)

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Port Elizabeth – The ANC said that the DA-led coalition had done nothing but bring the blues to Nelson Mandela Bay since taking over the city.

Addressing the media after Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor Athol Trollip’s state of the metro address, ANC councillor and Mandela Bay party leader, Bicks Ndoni, said the ANC was concerned by the many promises that had been made that were yet to be acted upon.

"As the ANC, we are concerned that over the past 365 days after taking office and lofty promises, the DA has introduced no new mechanisms, systems and or promises to bring local government close to our people; no entrepreneurship centres or job zones have been launched; no infrastructure upgrade and detection and monitoring team exist; there are no anti-drug and anti-gangsterism units; the IPTS is still dormant," he said.

Trollip fails to make ANC’s grade

Ndoni said the ANC had compiled a 30-page report on Trollip’s first year in office and had rated him based on promises made during his speech at the special council meeting of August 31, 2016, in which Trollip highlighted issues he was planning to address in his first 100 days.

According to the ANC’s report, Trollip made 37 commitments in his speech. He was scored two points for each completed task, one point for an ongoing matter and zero where no action was taken.

Ndoni said following the evaluation 365 days later, Trollip had only scored 21 out of a possible 74 points, which gave him an overall score of 28.4%.

Ndoni said the ANC had been gracious in waiting a year, as Trollip had only scored a 16 out of 74 at the end of his 100 days.

Trollip earlier highlighted some of the successes of his DA-led coalition administration since taking over from the ANC last August.

In a wide-ranging speech, Trollip said that under the coalition government, unemployment had come down by 2.2% and that more than 2 000 people had been given job opportunities under the Expanded Public Works Programme.

Ndoni was quick to point out, however, that Nelson Mandela Bay failed to register any employment growth in the first quarter of 2017.

On the service delivery front, Trollip said the metro was able to reduce water losses from 37% to 25% but lamented the fact that crime was still a serious problem and that housing delivery remained a challenge.

Trollip said the coalition had kept a strong focus on addressing corruption within the metro.

"We have suspended five senior officials and we have concluded several disciplinary cases, where officials have been suspended indefinitely, with a 100% success rate to date," he said.

Challenges facing coalition

Trollip also said leading the coalition government has not been easy, but they've persevered and this perseverance was born out by the findings of the recent Business Tech report on the best and worst municipalities in South Africa.

"The category of most trusted metropolitan municipality saw the Nelson Mandela metro going from second last to second most trusted metropolitan municipality, at 67,4%," he said.

Ndoni said the DA-led coalition was driving the metro down the road to instability and chaos, was plan-less and clueless, and was "bringing the blues to Nelson Mandela Bay".

"In our view as the African National Congress, The DA-led coalition is the least democratic institution we have ever seen. Rather it is the despotic autocracy of one man," he said.

Read more on:    nelson mandela bay metro  |  da  |  anc  |  athol ­trollip

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