By Cllr Vasco da Gama, DA Johannesburg Caucus Leader:
The DA notes the end to the illegal strike by Pikitup employees, and that it’s not thanks to the efforts of Joburg mayor Parks Tau, but Cooperative Governance MEC Jacob Mamabolo and his team.
According to media reports MEC Mamabolo has been locked in talks with SAMWU since Monday, while mayor Tau made absolutely no effort to do so himself.
Tau remains aloof and inaccessible, uncommitted to the hard work needed to solve crises in the City.
Clearly mayor Tau is nothing but a lame duck Mayor if an MEC needs to clean up the mess in Johannesburg.
While the DA appreciates workers’ concerns and MEC Mamabolo’s willingness to address them, we remain concerned that no action will be taken against Pikitup MD, Amanda Nair, despite being faced with numerous allegations of poor management, maladministration, nepotism and misconduct.
Why does Parks Tau keep Nair so protected when Pikitup is in disarray and facing major allegations?
What Johannesburg residents have learnt from this experience is that Parks Tau’s only function is publicity while the provincial ANC and their union allies pull the strings.
The DA has been steadfast in our convictions that mayors and their executives should be accountable to the people who voted for them, should directly engage issues, and should be accessible to the public.
The people of Johannesburg are increasingly rallying behind the DA, because they know, where the DA governs, life is indeed better.
Momentum is building behind the DA toward Election 2016, where we are set on winning the City of Johannesburg.