ANC Lobbying For A Unity Govt With Opposition Parties
4 March 2020
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Lebogang Maile

Correspondent|The ANC has proposed the creation of a unity government in Tshwane to save the city from collapse. But the DA says Gauteng Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Lebogang Maile should take action against the ANC and EFF for walking out of a council meeting last Friday.

The sitting was meant to extend the contract of the acting city manager. The capital city is now without a city manager and the DA says it won’t be long before residents feel the impact of the failed council sittings. The city won’t stop functioning but if this continues for another three or four weeks, we will experience a degradation of services being delivered,” said DA Caucus Chairperson Randall Williams.

Williams wants Maile to take action against the ANC and the EFF. In terms of the code of conduct — which is an annexure to the municipal systems act –, they are acting unlawfully. And the person that’s supposed to take action against them is the MEC,” Williams said.

However, the ANC says the DA should take the blame and the impasse can be resolved with a unity government. We are asking for the sake of our people, parties must calm down,” said ANC Caucus Chairperson Kgosi Maepa.

“Whoever wants to lead can lead, but the ANC is asking with humility, that we sit down together and form a unity government because the DA has failed with their coalition partners.

With a stalemate in council, urgent action is now needed to prevent a total collapse of services. Meanwhile, all councillors and residents are waiting to see whether Maile will place Tshwane under administration. Maile is due to meet with Cogta Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma this week to decide Tshwane’s fate.