The DA is loosing grip on the City of Johannesburg

Tshabalala J

Accusing the ANC of eyeing the municipal budgets in the battle for control of the City of Johannesburg, the Democratic Alliance (DA) national leader John Steenhuisen would do well to focus on the fact that there is a reason why the minority parties including the African Transformation Movement (ATM), Cope and Al Jama-ah, amongst others, are working together to remove the DA’s Mayor Dr Mpho Phalatse. 

Just recently, on the 1st September 2022, DA Speaker Vasco da Gama was voted out in a Council meeting after a motion for his removal was tabled by the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) and was backed by the African National Congress (ANC) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

His removal was due to his overreach administratively, when he went ahead with the appointment of a Mr Molekwa, despite a Council resolution to the contrary and also sought to mislead Council at the Council meeting held on the 11 and 15 August 2022 by fronting Mr Gobinca as the Acting Secretary to Council when in fact Mr Molekwa had been acting in that capacity from the 15th July 2022.

The DA, through their typical undermining and patronising behaviour, has created a political environment for these parties to unite against it. This was not caused by the ANC, but the DA’s unwillingness to deliver services to residents. All six parties, together with coalition members have now called for a motion of no confidence against the DA Mayor Dr Phalatse because the DA in the City of Joburg stands accused of intimidating and threatening Councillors who disagree with it.

With allegations of corruption and fraud levelled at its own Members, the DA is diverting attention from these allegations and accuse the ANC instead.

We await the outcome of the motion of no confidence and we are confident that the people in the City of Johannesburg will be winners when the DA is voted out.