Deputy President passes the buck on unlawful council meeting

Yesterday during a sitting of the National Council of Provinces I challenged Deputy President, David Mabuza, to come clean on the situation in Nelson Mandela Bay.

I asked the Deputy President, as the leader of government business, whether he believed what happened in the council last week – where an unlawful sitting of council directed by MEC Fikile Xasa, illegally removed the legitimate coalition government – was really in the interest of the people of Nelson Mandela Bay.

I also asked if he felt local government stability and progress should be prioritised in the interests of previously marginalized communities.

Since 2016, under the DA-led coalition, over 80% of the municipality’s budget has been redirected to previously marginalised communities, in the interest of stimulating economic growth by providing infrastructure that can create opportunities for the people in those communities.

Other successes include:

  • Over R2 billion in the bank with a AAA credit rating
  • Active Metro police force, with 135 fully trained officers who have attended to over 25 000 crime fighting interactions;
  • Best Urban Settlements Development Grant (USDG) spending performances in the country, and awarded an extra R178 million as a result;
  • Exposed and stopped corruption on contracts to the tune of R615 million;
  • Eradicated 9 046 (60%) bucket toilets;
  • Resurfaced 55 820 square metres of road and managed to triple the number of annual jobs created by the EPWP (Expanded Public Works Program);
  • Shot-spotter technology installed in Gelvandale, gunshots reduced by 90%;
  • IPTS busses are on the road, and the highly secured Clearly Park Bus Depot has been completed; and
  • Lowest basket of tariff increases in 20 years.

However, the ANC government appears to be doing the opposite in the Eastern Cape, under the leadership of MEC Xasa, who was also present at the NCOP sitting.

The Deputy President’s non response was an effective endorsement of a political coup in a constitutional democracy.

Recent newspaper reports have made it clear that the corrupt coalition of cronies between the ANC, EFF and UDM have their hearts set on interfering with the operations of the municipality.

The DA remains confident in our prospects in the courts next week when judgment will be handed down on the illegitimate council meeting. The DA is ready to lead the Eastern Cape out of poverty and unemployment into a future of opportunity and good governance in 2019.