By Fred Nel MPL, DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs:
The recent reshuffling and cadre deployment of Mayors and officials in local municipalities across the province can mean only one thing: Gauteng cooperative governance MEC Jacob Mamabolo and the provincial ANC are running scared ahead of the 2016 local government elections.
The latest victim of the ANC’s tactics is the Municipal Manager of Lesedi Municipality, Ayanda Makhanya who was placed on precautionary suspension by a council resolution.
MEC Mamabolo has been requested to play a leading role in the statutory 90-day investigation.
Earlier this week, the “Mayor of Sedibeng has replaced the Mayor of Emfuleni, who has been moved to Sedibeng”.
This reeks of fear by the ANC.
Two wrongs certainly do not make a right and MEC Mamabolo’s idea of changing things around is ill-thought.
The MEC would do well should he consider firing poor performing mayors and municipal officials – not deploy them with the hope that the problems faced at these municipalities will disappear.
The only the change that can and will take place is at the ballot box when voters choose the DA to run their local municipalities.
It is a well-known fact that where the DA governs, services are delivered, and life is better.