ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa has admitted that his party has dropped the ball when it comes to service delivery. He says, however, they are on a path of correcting this.
Ramaphosa was on the party’s campaign trail in Kimberley ahead of the upcoming municipal government elections.
The ANC president has promised improved service delivery, jobs and housing.
“Along the way, yes, service delivery efforts were dropped. But we know what went wrong and we are waiting to make sure that we build houses. When I last came here there were enormous problems; waste removal was not taking place, sewerage was a massive problem, and those problems are being resolved gradually, bit by bit.”
He has promised the people of Kimberley improved service delivery, jobs and housing.
Regarding the current councillor candidate list protests in Tshwane, Ramaphosa says the protests are not a cause for concern as they will be resolved.
Some ANC members in Tshwane are protesting the current names that have been handed to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) saying they were not part of their selection process.
Speaking during the party’s campaign trail in the Northern Cape, Ramaphosa said their focus is to win the back Tshwane.
“Our intention is to win Tshwane back, because our people can also see the mess that that metro has been plunged into with bad governance. We are absolutely certain that the people of Tshwane will see that the ANC has the will, the capability, and it has the people who can put Tshwane back on its footing again. I am not too concerned, because I know we are ready to solve the problems.”
Last week Wednesday, Gauteng MEC of Cooperative Governance, Lebogang Maile, said he would consult with the Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, on the way forward after the Constitutional Court ruling that he must conduct an investigation into the cause of the council’s deadlock and dysfunctionality in the City of Tshwane.
The ConCourt’s majority judgment found the decision to place the city under administration was unlawful.
The capital was under administration for eight months last year after the provincial government dissolved the council when it failed to successfully hold council meetings, after ANC and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) councillors walked out, leaving them without a quorum.
Maile said two minority judgments found the dissolution of the municipal council in the City of Tshwane was not inappropriate. He said all the courts dealing with the case accepted that the council was dysfunctional.