I don't need Parks Tau as my 'special adviser' – Mashaba

2016-09-15 12:40
Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba (Gianluigi Guercia/AFP)

Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba (Gianluigi Guercia/AFP)

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Johannesburg – Former mayor Parks Tau is welcome to his views on which projects best fit the city, but has lost the right to make decisions, Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba has said.

"I am happy to listen to him, just like I am happy to listen to millions of citizens in this region," he said on the sidelines of a Joy of Jazz event in Sandton on Wednesday night.

"We’ve always said I am going to run a government that is willing to engage and to listen to everyone, but unfortunately I don’t believe I need him as a special adviser."

Tau had expressed concerns over the lack of certainty around projects he initiated. He told Talk Radio 702 he believed scrapping a project like the bicycle lanes might have been due to pressure from the EFF in council. He said no talks had taken place on the matter.

"There was no policy perspective, it was just put forward in council."

No co-operation with Sanral

He said the ANC, which still had the most members in the city’s council, would continue fighting for programmes it believed were important to the region.

Mashaba said those projects that benefitted the people would be kept.

"Those that don’t work will get cut."

Mashaba disagreed with the SA National Roads Agency Limited’s statement that e-tolls were the business of national government and that he had no say about them.

"I have the right to protect the citizens of Joburg. The way to do it is to make sure there is no co-operation with Sanral.

"I want Sanral and all involved in e-tolls to know they will not get the co-operation of the City of Joburg," Mashaba said.

Read more on:    herman mashaba  |  parks tau  |  johannesburg  |  politics

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