African National Congress member David Makhura who is the Premier of Gauteng says he is positive that his office has made tremendous progress in minimizing service delivery protests and curbing corruption. He replaced Nomvula Mokonyane after he was elected in 2014, with the mandate of putting people’s hopes and confidence in ANC back on track.
His appointment became necessary after the ruling party experienced a shocking reduction of over 10% during the 2014 national elections. The mission of the Gauteng Premier is to serve as a political nerve centre to ensure that government excels in fulfilling its mandate.
However, it is clear that Makhura’s tactical steps in facing communal challenges and crushing corruption in Gauteng are yielding positive results.
Makhura emphasized more on his achievement when he delivered a speech during the state of the province address held in Sebokeng township on Monday. He opined that restoration of a corruption-free administration and providing anti-fraud and corruption management framework has been his sole aim. The occasion pulled over 500 people within Gauteng.
“Through a proactive and participatory approach to problem-solving, we are restoring levels of trust and public confidence on the ground.
We have been taking decisive disciplinary action against people found guilty of financial misconduct,” said Makhura during the occasion.
Makhura also expressed his happiness over the introduction of the open tender system in the Gauteng provincial government. He said,
“We are leading the country in ensuring that procurement decisions are taken above aboard. Our new approach has attracted considerable public attention and widespread review, including by the National Treasury and other provinces. We are now extending this transparent system of appointing service providers to all departments, especially those with big budgets. Through the open tender system and the promotion of integrity, we are creating an environment where clean governance will thrive. Gauteng will become a corruption-free province in our lifetime. It is important to ensure that public resources are directed to benefit all people. The state must never be captured by a few individuals or groups for their own selfish gain.”
Furthermore, he said he was glad that nineteen of the departments and agencies, including the office of the premier, achieved neat and satisfactory audits in the 2014/2015 financial year.
“Only one department and one agency got unsatisfactory audit outcomes. Although the department of health did not receive an unqualified audit, there is significant improvement in its finances and service delivery. I am very confident that this department will join the list of clean audits during our term of office. The leadership of the department has been placed on very strict performance terms to fix our public healthcare system,” Makhura said.
Meanwhile, Makhura announced his plans to engage influential persons, who would put heads together with various civil society initiatives to effectively and constructively provide workable ways on how “we can build a society free from racism and xenophobia”.
“People of Gauteng, in honoring those who sacrificed for freedom and democracy and gave us a Constitution of which we are deeply proud, I hereby make a clarion call that we must unite against racism and xenophobia. Let us fight against racism wherever and whenever it manifests itself. Those who call black people baboons are as wrong as those who threaten to drive white students out of university campuses. There must be no room for racists in the South Africa of our dreams,” Makhura concludes.
There was a mild drama after Makhura stepped on the podium. Economic Freedom Fighters members of provincial legislature were seen chanting e-toll must be abolished. However, Makhuram continued his address after the six MPLs left the premises.
With few months left before the 2016 local government elections, the ANC in Gauteng have been working hard to hold unto all metros under its control.