The Democratic Alliance (DA ) says it learnt its lessons in the 2016 Local Government Elections and this time it is gunning for an outright majority in the City of Johannesburg.

It says achieving this would enable it to eradicate the backlog of billing problems in the city.

DA supporters, led by the party’s mayoral candidate for Johannesburg Mpho Phalatse, marched to the municipal offices where they handed over a petition to the Member of Mayoral Committee for Finance, Matshidiso Mfikoe.

“Today (Tuesday), I led a march to the City’s billing department at Thuso House in Braamfontein, where I handed over a petition signed by over 3 000 residents calling for the failing billing system to be resolved. For many years the City’s billing system has been plagued by countless shortcomings and failures. When the DA came into power, we inherited a backlog of billing queries of close to 100 000. And when we left office, three years later, the backlog was down to 9 000. Had we stayed in government, we would have been able to completely eradicate that backlog,” says Phalatse.

 

Service delivery promises 

Phalatse says service delivery is currently at a snail’s pace in the city and she will fix that if elected.

Phalatse says Johannesburg residents deserve better.

“Johannesburg has been through a lot in the past five years. We had three administrators, three executive mayors. We had a breakdown of service delivery, breakdown of infrastructure. I believe residents of Johannesburg have been craving now normality, stability, certainty you know, waking up hoping my lights will be working. They had been craving such basics. The DA governs well,” says Phalatse.

In the video below, Phalatse also promises to resolve Soweto’s electricity crisis with Eskom: 

 

-Additional reporting by SABC News