The ruling African National Congress (ANC) has vowed to make the DA administration under Herman Mashaba, in Johannesburg irrelevant.
The party said this on Thursday following the brawl between it and the DA rulers in Johannesbugh.
The city of Johannesburg has been a battle ground for South Africa’s two strongest parties, the ANC and the DA since the ANC lost its hold of the city in the 2016 Local government elections.
While the DA mayor for Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba vows to bring a lasting positive change in the city, the ANC has vowed never to let this happen as it continues to fight tooth and nail to regain its stand in the city.
Chaos is set to continue in the City in 2017 unless the ANC and DA comes to term to work together for the benefit of the people.
However, yesterday the ANC vowed that the two parties would never kiss and make up.
“No peace pipe until socioeconomic transformation is realised,” ANC Johannesburg region spokesperson Jolidee Matongo told reporters on Thursday.
“Yes, the DA can be rest assured that 2017 will be an even tougher year in their temporary governance of the city, if they finish the year at all.” he confidently added.
The DA on the other hand, which has been relentless in it plans to “expose the corrupt nature” of the ruling party since the beginning of its administration in the city, has vowed to dig out the more, all the ills of the past adminstration.
The DA Johannesburg regional chairperson Khume Ramulifho replied by saying it is clear that the ANC wants to hide its corruption.
“The ANC must continue to be irrelevant and will lose support in the process, while the DA is building a city with opportunities as a caring government in Joburg,” said Ramulifho who also pointed out that the DA’s focus is to provide opportunities to all residents in Joburg.
The dispute between the two parties became more pronounced when a DA-led coalition government in Johannesburg under mayor Herman Mashaba decided to cancel projects initiated by the former mayor and the ANC’s regional chairperson in Joburg, Parks Tau.
Programmes such as [email protected], a programme aimed at empowering community enterprises and improving service delivery, were deemed vanity projects of the past administration.
The ANC even labelled the DA’s City of Joburg speaker, Vasco Da Gama, “incompetent” and said he was afraid to rule against EFF councillors.