DA: Fight Midvaal merger

2012-11-08 14:36

Johannesburg - The public should raise their objections to a proposal to merge the DA-run Midvaal municipality and Emfuleni, the DA said on Thursday.

Democratic Alliance local government spokesperson Fred Nel urged Gauteng residents to object to the Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB) within the next 21 days, the period set aside for public comment.

The MDB announced on Wednesday that it had begun the consultation process with respect to 202 cases of possible municipal boundary changes.

Nel said the DA objected to the changes because property, water and electricity rates were likely to increase as a result.

"New metros will be much more expensive to run as officials, councillors and mayors are paid much more than in local municipalities."

He claimed that municipal managers in Gauteng's metropolitan areas earned more than President Jacob Zuma.

The move was also likely to negatively affect service delivery.

The DA was concerned that the MDB was acting in the political interests of the ANC.

This was because Midvaal, which is the only DA-run municipality in the province, would cease to exist if the proposals were passed.

"Since the ANC could not defeat the DA at the ballot box they are now using the demarcation board to do its dirty work for it," Nel said.

  • Willie - 2012-11-08 14:42

    Gutter politics from ANC, but it will back fire they will loose that ward in the coming election and they will attempt to reverse

      thandiwe.ngema.71 - 2012-11-08 14:54

      Goodness the ANC are desperate!

      thandiwe.ngema.71 - 2012-11-08 15:07

      I think the ANC will lose the whole of Gauteng anyway. I am running a township campaign - "Anyone but the ANC!".... Just don't vote ANC. I have been handing out home made fliers which read.. "Unhappy with delivery? Let's protest in a stronger way... Vote for another party in 2014". "Vote DA or COPE or abstain"

      colin.dovey - 2012-11-08 15:21

      @Thandiwe - we all agree - the DA won 3 wards yesterday in by elections, especially ward 58. They are showing STRONG signs of panic. Bring on 2014!

      jeremy.thewasp - 2012-11-08 15:32

      Thandiwi83 - Please start a Facebook page and lets go viral Social Media is very powerfull marketing tool! You onto a good thing, we sick and tired of being financialy raped by the ANC - they just a bunch of common criminals with zero intention of ever looking after the people of this country, they just want power and money... :( Let us all know when you have the page up, we will all "like"

      yolanda.haripersad.1 - 2012-11-08 15:45

      Nice work Thandiwe, really inspiring. If we can all make a an effort we can change South Africa.

      LutherKingsley - 2012-11-08 15:59

      Good luck DA, this incompetent and criminal government wants to squash your achievements, it makes them look bad.

      alan.jerrold - 2012-11-08 16:05

      Great, Thandiwe. It is NOT about race, it's about our limited taxes being used for the good of all, and not being robbed by ANC fatcats. Education under the ANC has been unspeakably rotten, as has public health. The lives of millions of kids are being ruined by the ANC. It truly IS time to vote them out. I totally agree - anything but the ANC, for the good of the poor of SA.

      charlesbronson.bronson - 2012-11-08 17:55

      The do this because they will have a change to steal more money. cANCer lying thief's, same as there corrupted useless lying master of showerhead.

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-11-08 14:46

    Don't fight it!!! Let the anc take control and let the poor suffer even more when their rates go up. The poor must suffer, it's the anc way!!!

      herman.booysen2 - 2012-11-08 15:18

      Never mind the poor , I also cannot afford these rate hikes !

      kala.bafazi - 2012-11-08 15:30

      You and me both Herman.

      heinrich.etsebeth - 2012-11-08 17:52

      Haven't you heard, even the mine workers that receive a house, water, electricity and medicine for free and still get a R12500 salary each month after deductions are poor... so you and me mate... we are the poor cuz take that R12500 and you add R4000 (which is minimal) for a house, add another R1500 (still minimal) for medical, another R800 for water and electricity and you are sitting with a unskilled labourer that earns more than people with degrees.

  • Eterni80 - 2012-11-08 14:47

    yet another underhanded tactic by the ANC scum to remove the DA from the equation. they say the empty can rattles the most..

      Werewabbit - 2012-11-08 15:06

      ...And nothing really matters... oh what, wrong song. Damn, now I have metallica in my head

  • steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-11-08 14:56

    This cANCer disease will try everything to get total domination. It's pathetic. Methinks they are in for a nasty surprise at the next election, should the country stay intact until then.

  • NickMariniSA - 2012-11-08 15:00

    Aaaaaand apartheid... this is exactly how the old government maintained control and looks like how the new government wants to keep control too. Wow we really are set to repeat the mistakes of history. Wish this country would grow up already.

  • brasteve.myaluze - 2012-11-08 15:02

    there should be pre-set criteria for merging municipalities into metros, taking into account GDP, population, etc. Otherwise it looks like an unscrupulous political move. By the way what exactly are the benefits? If Midvaal and Emfuleni are so advanced that they deserve a promotion to metro status, why not leave them alone and focus on underdeveloped areas?

  • judith.taylor.56 - 2012-11-08 15:03

    I suspect the DA could be surprised and the ANC as well. Not sure that an expanded Emfuleni won't go DA or independent.

  • adrian.tyler - 2012-11-08 15:04

    Who the f*** even cares?

      gerrie.visagie - 2012-11-08 15:49

      You will care if the once pristine town you lived in, suddenly degenerated into a cesspool of corruption and non-delivery. When the "Mayor" drive over the sewerage in the street in his new range rover...then you will care. Learn to participate in a democracy, its important for the system to work. I'm willing to bet, you haven't voted in the last elections and spent the day braaing and watching TV on your "Day off", yet you moan every time you get a rates and taxes bill that was read wrong...again.

      rontheogre - 2012-11-08 15:54

      Those who don't care are the ones that leech off the country, are not interested when politics change for the worse and run to another country when the sh*t hits the fan.

      CeRvAnTeS - 2012-11-08 16:18

      Well if you think of the millions, maybe billions that will be spent on this move.. There is alot of people that could have had food with that money spent...

  • danielstrike.phele - 2012-11-08 15:14

    This really painful to find the champoins of democracy being manipulative for the purpose of enrihing themselves and not concerned about the people they claim to be representing. I seams the new dictatorship is coming to SA. I think south africans should think again about who they are? and where are they coming from?

  • oamis.lacadariedlac - 2012-11-08 15:16

    By hook or by crook, using any means to squash any semblence of opposition

  • danielstrike.phele - 2012-11-08 15:20

    It is painful to see the champions of democracy manipulating the so called "DEMOCRACY" that they preached with vigor. Today they do as they wish without considering the needs of their people.

      bosveld.reaper - 2012-11-08 15:28

      They are not champions of Democracy at all! They fought the struggle to be billionaires!

      TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-11-08 16:08

      champions? nonsense. wolves in sheeps clothing.

  • riotousr - 2012-11-08 15:25

    The ANC must do the same thing with the Western Cape. Merging it with the Eastern Cape will solve all the song and dance mob's worries. There is a huge difference when you are driving through Meyerton and when you are driving across Vanderbijlpark.

      rontheogre - 2012-11-08 16:01

      When you mix clean water(Western Cape, Midvaal) with sewerage water(Eastern Cape, Emfuleni), you still sit with sewerage water. First clean up the sewerage, then lets talk. It is stupid to lower standards of those that excel, just because you want to look good, can't keep up or your own standards are below par. Or is this Zuma's "African Way", to aspire to mediocrity?

  • malcolm.stevens.129 - 2012-11-08 15:28

    The ANC has pulled this stunt from the first election since they were in power. It's a sound way for them to get majority votes in areas they would have struggled : I recall they incorporated areas like Soweto and Alexandria into the primarily white suburb areas (Sandton, Johannesburg) - which immediately guaranteed the ANC a majority. Dirty tricks are all the ANC can use to defeat the DA because the DA run an efficient and effective shop, free from corruption, maladministration, nepotism etc. The ANC are only interested in being in control - not in ensuring the interests of the people are being met. Power at all costs.

  • justin.pretorius - 2012-11-08 15:30

    The ANC are nothing more than an Afro-Nazi party hell bent on destroying any opposition at all cost

  • Peter - 2012-11-08 15:39

    ANC obsession with anything DA. They can't get Western Cape back so they send ANCYL thugs in to try destabilise the city. Anyone noticed how demonstrations and unrest has increased in WC lately? Same will happen with MIdvaal. The DA run the region professionally and provide ratepayers with what they pay for: something the ANC is not capable of doing and they start trying to have the area demarcated for their own benefits. Vote ANC and union partner thugs and you get what you voted for! -Chaos.

  • peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-11-08 15:41

    Wow, the ANC is stooping so low these days they arealmost crawling!!! What a cheap move on their part. It just goes to show that they kknow the only to hold onto power is going to be through corrupt moves.

  • norman.buchalter - 2012-11-08 15:44

    This corrupt and scheming government(and it's cohorts) should be ashamed of its transparently devious behaviour and continual attempts to subvert the constitution and rule of law and undermine the practice of democracy in this diverse and increasingly splintered land.It's figurative backside should be kicked into touch with reality.

  • dewalds3 - 2012-11-08 15:49

    Hehehe DA - you did not oppose the name changes in Pretoria where our heritage was trashed. No you are at the receiving end of the same politics.

  • DarrenCooper68 - 2012-11-08 15:53

    Political landscaping like this means the ANC will ignore the wishes of the majority in that area which has clearly shown who they support. They have voted for someone else in a free and fair democratic election.

  • Kevdrap13 - 2012-11-08 15:58

    NOW is the time for every south African to STAND UP and be heard. Stop complaining amongst ourselves - blacks and whites must march to the Municipal buildings and FORCE change. Look at our filthy streets and gutters!!!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-11-08 16:20

      Change it with your votes!! Marching will do nothing but have the ANC thugs throw rocks at you..

  • mmoledis - 2012-11-08 16:07

    Let people decide what they want, if people want such merger to take place then so be it as it will be nothing to do with ANC.DA must not be scared this country is a democratic one and as such they should contest it during elections and win it again if they can.

  • hendrik.schutte.3152 - 2012-11-08 16:11

    I have no idea how, being not an "activist" type, but one thing is for sure all clear thinking citizens need to support every effort made by the DA to stop this "hijacking" of one of the very few functional municipalities where infrastructure has not yet collapsed.

  • flysouth - 2012-11-08 16:32

    Another sign of frantic desperation from the ANC. Vavi made the comment a short while ago about the increase of DA support in the black townships, and highlighted that trend, a major trend away from the ANC. With all that is going on now and has happened under Zuma in recent years, nobody cannot know and understand the depth of corruption in the ANC. With that understanding how could one not consider changing one's vote? Any who believe that the ANC can 'fix itself' at Mangauang is pissing into the wind - the party is an absolute failure in all that it does and cannot be repaired, such is the determination amongst it's highest ranks to strip bare this land of all wealth and place it into the overseas bank accounts of the favoured few.

  • hengu.willemse - 2012-11-08 20:09

    Scandalous! The ANC is robbing the voting public from their right to choose differently... to me this is a clear indication that the ANC will NEVER give up power freely when voted out of office!

  • rohann.geldenhuys - 2012-11-10 15:12

    Gerrymandering in its purest form...

  • Looking - 2013-04-11 14:31

    Yes, the ANC learnt well from the NATS!

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