Gauteng premier takes swipe at Midvaal

2011-05-10 22:56

Johannesburg - Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane took a swipe at the Democratic Alliance-led Midvaal municipality on Tuesday when releasing a report on the performance of local government from 2006 to 2011.

“We are delivering 500 portable toilets to Midvaal... Where a municipality does not co-operate... we will just move in,” she told media in Johannesburg.

This was despite saying the release of the report a week before local government elections on May 18 was not “electioneering”.

Local Government MEC Humphrey Mmemezi said in response to a question after the premier's presentation: “I'm going there [Midvaal] on Thursday with 1 000 portable toilets.”

“We discovered that for 10 years the Midvaal municipality could not give people this basic service, they still go to the bush like the olden days.”

This had cost the government R5.7m, he added.

The DA accused Mmemezi of using "the opportunity to try and discredit Midvaal and its excellent service delivery track record".

Requested a year ago

DA MP Wilmot James said in a statement: "The MEC announced that the province will be sending 1 000 toilets to Midvaal on Thursday.

"The DA welcomes this initiative. Midvaal requested those toilets over a year ago. It is sad that it took an election and the ANC's political desperation for the province to finally deliver on that request."

Mmemezi said his department had to intervene in the municipality, which the African National Congress has made clear it wants to win back on May 18.

“We couldn't resist once we were aware of this reality, we had to intervene... .”

In Midvaal 4 000 families share nine water taps - “they have to stand in a long queue”.

The MEC said he was happy with the way some areas of the Midvaal region were run.

“I am happy, in Meyerton they are doing very good, but when it comes to poor communities... I am not happy at all.”

The DA's James countered this, saying: "The DA's track record in Midvaal is well documented, extensive and without parallel in Gauteng."


Mmemezi rejected comparisons of Midvaal with Zandspruit, an informal settlement in Honeydew, north-west of Johannesburg which saw violent protests in late April.

Mmemezi said in Zandspruit, unlike Midvaal, “there are clinics, there are schools, tarred roads, lights... .The problem there in fact was presented as poor service delivery. The reality was that people were disgruntled that they weren't put on the list for government... As we have explained the process, they are now happy.”

Mokonyane added: “What you see in Zandspruit is not about service delivery, it is about other issues. You have criminal elements in some instances who make access to informal settlements very difficult.”

“The streets where they burn the tyres in Zandspruit were not there in 2005. Some of the people toyi-toying there were not there in 2008. Issues around influx [of immigrants] into Gauteng were not there in 2005.”

Mokonyane also took a dig at DA-led Cape Town, claiming the party only rolled out services to affluent areas, unlike Gauteng where services were provided to all, including the inner city.

The DA took issue with this.

"The MEC also used the opportunity to attack Cape Town, a clear indication that this event was political as Cape Town has nothing to do with the state of Gauteng municipality," James said.

  • CamsComment - 2011-05-10 23:36

    Typical. Damn the DA for actually doing their job - who do they think they are? The anc will always find some excuse - Zandspruit service delivery violence is now because of "criminal elements". Look within the anc if you want to see "criminal elements"

      za101 - 2011-05-11 10:09

      vote no for toll roads in gauteng on may 18th.........otherwise be prepared to pay R20000 more taxes next 12 months

      James Bond - 2011-05-19 11:26

      Exactly --- and who is responsible for providing safety and security --- oh yeah the government....and remind me who the ruling party are again....imbeciles....

  • Wishbone - 2011-05-11 00:04

    Methinks the criminal elements are from within the ANC! This article smells of desperate last-minute electioneering. I'm sure voters will look at the party that has delivered consistently rather than the party trying to buy votes at the 11th hour.

  • Dundermoose - 2011-05-11 00:07

    The cANCer cadres are getting uppity. Perhaps they are scared!

  • Ogre - 2011-05-11 00:57

    No wonder the goverment is unable to deliver on their promises. The recent change in tactics in the election war after the Cape Town Toilet Saga fell apart shows the inability of the ANC to come up with a PLAN_B. Is this the best the ANC could come up with? Why not use the re-packaged Treasury report on the municipalities to slam the DA with. Oh, I forgot, the originald has already been leaked.

  • Marcell - 2011-05-11 03:55

    Portable toilet = shovel?

      Observer - 2011-05-11 09:09

      1000 shovels at a cost of R5.7m = R5700 per shovel. A normal shovel costs R100 (?) which would equate to a R5600 yes, very possibly!

  • Sean - 2011-05-11 05:04

    Fact.> The sanitation was requested over a year ago! and if the ANC are going in with portable loo's that is a clearly evident fact that long term goals for the ANC are not to build proper sanitation but to win votes. They will drop of the loo's and then when the election is over they will have to remove them as they will be full and the hire will be to costly!

  • Shadoz - 2011-05-11 06:18

    toilets ands tee shirts for evvvverrryone now they just need toilet paper. wait they have the ttt-shirts.

  • iamasouthafr - 2011-05-11 06:54

    Pathetic behavior! It seems that the 300 million spent on moving the Zulu Queen could have been spent more wisely. Just deliver to all the people you idiots.

  • Jacques Kirchner - 2011-05-11 06:55

    Eish....Last minute scattering! Let us see if they can convince the "cadres" to vote for them. Unfortanately, with the mentality of these voters, anything is possible. Hell, on a national level, they've kept voting for the ANC for 17 years despite receiving squat...Apart from the odd T shirt and unfinished RDP house (for a very fortunate immigrants or two). A big up to the DA for showing them how it is done. Do not be fooled people. Vote for service delivery and get these fat cats OUT!

  • Thomas - 2011-05-11 07:23

    I live in Midvaal and it is honestly the best area to be in in Gauteng. I literally will rather drive to work in Jhb every day and get decent service. And these poorer communities are better off than poorer communities in ANC run areas.

      Moi1980 - 2011-05-11 08:06

      Same here. Even though the traffic is a killer pretty much every day, I'll still rather do the travelling than move to JHB

      AJ - 2011-05-11 08:56

      @Thomas - do the poorer areas know that though?

  • Notuagain - 2011-05-11 07:30

    Suddenly the ANC has this obsession with toilets. Are they shitting themselves with the upcoming elections? The Crapper Chronicles continues...

  • vee - 2011-05-11 07:31

    If the MEC's report is using the same financial information that the Treasury received then how on earth is anyone to believe aything that comes out of her report! But no, wait, she's probably made up some new stats to go into her report. What a JOKE.

  • Madoqua - 2011-05-11 07:31

    There I thought that she was actually one of the few decent ANC cadres. Cheap shots, two-faced comments and blatant electioneering. Anything she says from now will be discredited in my books.

  • DiePriester - 2011-05-11 07:34

    ANC : Vote for us, we'll make sure you enjoy the shit!

  • Slapper - 2011-05-11 07:36

    Good Grief. I would think the Joburg would not have the cheek to take a swipe at anyone. The incompetents dont have a clue how to run a shebeen.

      50something - 2011-05-11 07:44

      It is not Jburg - it is the Gauteng premier nogal!

  • 50something - 2011-05-11 07:42

    So much mud throwing - so little time left ...

  • Richard - 2011-05-11 08:07

    I would be interested to see official comparative stats in respect of service delivery protests in ANC run and DA run areas. Correct me if I'm wrong but I do not recall seeing, reading or hearing about any such protests during the past twelve months or so in DA controlled areas. In the rest of the country, the last figure I heard was more than 3000. Need I say more?

      Point Blank - 2011-05-11 08:32

      You needn't say anything..

  • Coin - 2011-05-11 08:37

    And while Nomvula Mokonyane just "moves in", at the same time, her buddies in the Health and Social Development Departments of Gauteng, are busy robbing her grandparents at the Katlehong Old Age Home: This is a report based only on the Health and Social Development Departments of Gauteng - imagine how vrot the other departments are!

  • AJ - 2011-05-11 08:55

    The ANC couldn't resist sending toilets? They resisted quite well when it came to the 1600 in just ONE township we know of in the Free State and they resisted well for the 22000 people still using buckets for the wrong purpose in Nelson Bay Metro. SO what makes Midvaal so deserving.... PS ANC why are those toilets in Midvaal late by a year, the DA asked for them ages ago.

      Point Blank - 2011-05-11 09:02

      Yup, these toilets were requested OVER a year ago...

      Electronic Cemetery - 2011-05-11 12:19

      A year ago the ANC weren't electioneering guys... Don't you wish that their entire term was spent trying to secure the vote next time around instead of trying to fool the voters in the 11th hour...?

  • WhiteAfrican - 2011-05-11 10:03

    Had anyone seen the Daily Sun Paper today, turn to page 3 Headline Reads: GOGO'S DAUGHTER JOINS THE DA... AND THE THREATS BEGIN According to the article Thandi Maphanga, who is the ANC candidate in the coming elections, made the threat. ANC can't play fair so the lie, cheat, and threaten.

  • RickyC - 2011-05-11 10:20

    The street that they burnt tyes on was Beyers Naude Drive and as far as I know it was there in 2005......

      RIMRIM - 2011-05-11 10:34

      Yes it was there, hey just added an extra lane.

  • Johan - 2011-05-11 11:01

    We've had the best service delivery in the Midvaal because of the DA. The DA in the Midvaal set an example to all other ANC run areas. They (ANC) can actually learn from them. GO DA!!

  • maseratifitt - 2011-05-11 11:12

    The ANC blissfully goes about living it up on the gravy train and then, a few weeks before an election grabs toilet issues to get votes. Can voters really be that stupid to afford the ANC any credibility?

  • Nigel_Brown - 2011-05-11 11:20

    He talking kak. I work right next door to the informal settlement in Zandspruit. We supply building materials to them, there are no tared roads (save for about a 50m stretch) they burnt the tyres on Beyers Naude(formaly DF Malan) that road has been there from before I was even born. The only thing that is being done is paving along side the road. The people don't need bloody paving, they need houses, toilets, water, light,ect. These people have NO idea what is going on in our country and they are supposed to be our goverment...what the...

  • Other Justin - 2011-05-11 14:52

    Ya, please can you give us toilets for Midvaal? Please local government, please...........A year later, just before elections they get them and then they are the heroes after they are the ones that took a year to deliver them! TYPICAL, DOWN WITH THE cANCer, DOWN!

  • grenville - 2011-05-12 18:44

    Ah so we having a toilet electioneering What a load of CRAP cant these small minded cadres.Will have to see what happens after the elections and then see how the crappy elections unfold.ANC loose Jo'burg ANC loose Pretoria and PE what a crappy outcome.

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