By Lebo More MPL, DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Petitions & COGTAHS:
In an oral question session to the MEC for Cooperative Governance, Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements (COGTAHS), Jacob Mamabolo, the MEC admitted that his department and the ANC-run municipalities in Gauteng are failing to communicate with residents of the province.
I put the question to the MEC in the Legislature over the burning of the ward 63 office in Katlehong. The MEC admitted that there is a communication problem between government and the community.
This of course should embarrass the ANC as it is clear that there is a serious deficit of good governance, accountability and leadership, and shows just how out of touch with residents needs it has become.
When members of the community end up setting fire to government offices it is an indication that their plight is falling on deaf ears.
The DA does not condone any lawless behaviour, and we urge the MEC to engage with executive mayors and to promote the notion of accountability, communication and report back sessions to members of the community – particularly over their service delivery needs.
Communication is vital in communities who are already disgruntled with the ANC. The MEC would do well to listen to the communities his department serves and ensure that the Gauteng Provincial government addresses their concerns.