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ANC loses major Gauteng metros

By Baldwin Ndaba for IOL, News24

Mogale City Local Municipality in Krugersdorp has a new DA mayor after Councillor Tyrone Gray was on Tuesday elected executive mayor and Jacqueline Pannall as speaker.

The municipality was previously under an ANC-led coalition but the ruling party failed to win an outright majority in the local government elections held on November 1.

Gray’s election as mayor, his party said, took place after a vote of support from other opposition parties, adding it affirmed their faith in the DA’s ability to govern.

Pannall has been elected the new council speaker and will preside over council meetings and perform duties in line with the role.

DA Gauteng leader Solly Msimanga said Mogale City had been plagued by serious service delivery challenges, financial mismanagement and lack of economic growth and productivity.

Following a surprising victory in the City of Ekurhuleni and City of Johannesburg, the DA completed a clean sweep in the Gauteng’s big three municipalities when it captured the City of Tshwane yesterday afternoon.

But unlike in Ekurhuleni and Johannesburg, where the ANC put up a brave fight, the victory in Tshwane was a walkover as the ANC decided not to participate in the elections. It did not put up a nomination for both the speaker and the mayor position.

The ANC’s decision to abstain meant that the DA won the city’s three top positions uncontested.

 

By Jason Felix for EWN

The Democratic Alliance (DA)-led City of Cape Town has been questioned by one of its own councillors why close to R47,000 per month was spent on printing and office stationery for the management entity of Cape Town Stadium.

The amount reflected were for the 2017/18 financial year which started on 1 February 2017 and ended on 30 June 2018.

Details of the figures were contained in reports of the city’s public accounts committee.

The total cost for printing and stationery is R234,550.

DA councillor Errol Anstey questioned why so much money had been spent.

“What possible printing and stationery can cost R47, 000 a month on average for the Stadium?”

The city’s chief financial officer Kevin Jacoby says besides the ordinary day to day printing and stationery cost, the Cape Town Stadium serves as a secretariat for the board of directors and all sub-committees.

“The printing of agendas, minutes etcetera were done on a regular basis as a number of board and sub-committee meetings took place during the financial period. More meetings than usual were held by the board and sub-committees as the municipal entity was newly established and they needed to obtain an understanding of the business. The printing and stationery costs also include printer related parts, some of which are high-value items.”

In total, the stadium spent R2.1 million on general expenses.

The ANC says it is confident that its wooing of the EFF to support its motion of no confidence against City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba and DA speaker Vasco da Gama will yield results, after the EFF expressed regret over backing the mayor.

ANC Johannesburg spokesperson Jolidee Matongo told News24 that ANC provincial chair Paul Mashatile has been handling the talks with the EFF’s national leadership in the party’s attempt to oust Mashaba.

He has acknowledged that the ANC will need the EFF to back the motion this week.

“We think they may support us to remove Mashaba but they may not support us to bring the ANC back in power, but it’s a discussion we are prepared to have with the EFF at the right time,” Matongo said.

The talks are expected continue until just before the motion, Matongo said.

The Johannesburg council is set to sit on Wednesday and Thursday, with the ANC pushing for the motion against Mashaba to be heard on Wednesday. However, the DA wants the debate heard on Thursday.

‘Revolutionary forces should join hands’

The ANC has been buoyed by Malema’s recent comments at the Daily Maverick’s The Gathering that the EFF “made a mistake backing Mashaba”.

He said when faced with a choice between an “ANC mayor with a history of immediate corruption and a mayor of the DA who has no history of anything except selling hair products, you are bound to try the hair product man”, the Business Day reported.

Matongo said the comments were a sign that the EFF could back the ANC in council.

“We are confident, having listened to the EFF and read their seven cardinal pillars and everything they stand for and, given the situation in Joburg, [that] all revolutionary and democratic forces should join hands and take Mashaba out of office,” he said.

The ANC currently has 119 councillors in the 270-seat council. It said it already had the support of the Patriotic Alliance, with one seat, and the African Independent Congress, with four.

However, it will need the EFF’s 30 seats to secure a simple majority to remove Mashaba.

Matongo said talks with other smaller parties, including the IFP, were also in progress.

Attempts to reach the EFF were unsuccessful.

‘ANC incredibly nervous’

The DA sent out an email to supporters titled “We could lose Jozi”.

The party, which has 104 seats, has dismissed the motion as “frivolous and a diversion” by the ANC from claims by the DA that it has uncovered fraud and corruption amounting to up to R12bn since taking over the municipality from the ANC in 2016.

Mashaba’s spokesperson Luyanda Mfeka said the party was not worried about the motion.

“The sheer number of corruption investigations has made the ANC incredibly nervous,” he said explaining that the party was now doing everything in its power to remove Mashaba from office.

“I can’t speak for the EFF, but they have been on record on their opinion of ANC and their record of corruption… we can’t imagine them voting with the ANC,” he said.

The ANC and DA have been in public spats over allegations that the city’s finances are in the red, with the ANC claiming that the metro is on the “brink of collapse”.

The ANC claims that the DA has failed to provide proof of the multi-billion rand corruption it claims to have uncovered and is instead using the claims to tarnish the ANC’s image ahead of the 2019 elections which are expected to be hard-fought.

“They don’t have a plan for the city but paint the ANC with the brush of corruption so that when we go to 2019 they can say the ANC has a corrupt administration,” Matongo said.

The DA has, in turn, dismissed claims that the city is on the brink of collapse, blaming the city’s financial challenges on projects it inherited from the ANC government.

By Mahlatse Mahlase for News24

Government wastes R51.1bn in a year

An evaluation of those annual reports submitted to Parliament by national departments and their entities have revealed that R51.1 billion was wasted in the 2016/2017 financial year as a result of irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure.

Entities were the biggest offenders, accounting for nearly R35.9 billion, or R70%, of the total.

This staggering amount is sure to increase as the departments of Environmental Affairs, Defence, and State Security have still not tabled their annual reports. Similarly, South African Revenue Service, South African Airways, South African Express, South African National Roads Agency, and Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa have not finalised their annual reports.

Audit results of departments and entities were once again dismal with no fewer than 22 outstanding audit reports, as well as a litany of disclaimed (3), adverse (4) or qualified (28) audit opinions. More than 20% of all audits were either outstanding or failed to meet accounting standards.

Concerningly, the Auditor-General (A-G) raised “going concern” issues with the following entities: Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID), the National Health Laboratory Service, PetroSA and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). The A-G could not provide audit opinions for either the Unemployment insurance Fund or the Compensation Fund.
National departments once again failed to meet their own targets with key ministries among the worst performing:

Similarly, key entities are among the worst performing:

South Africans run the risk of becoming jaded by the governance failures of the ANC government. However, we must never lose sight of the opportunities lost by the R50 billion squandered through irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure.

Governance failures come at a great cost to South Africa’s most vulnerable. We cannot rest until every valuable resource is directed at improving the lives of honest, hardworking South Africans.

By John Steenhuisen MP, Chief Whip of the Democratic Alliance

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