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The ANC Caucus in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature

MEDIA STATEMENT

TO: ALL MEDIA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: 02 August 2022

The ANC Caucus in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature rejects with contempt of the nefarious and opportunistic attempts by the DA-led collusion at the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality to dodge accountability for the tragic loss of lives during the service delivery protest in Tembisa.

There is no doubt that just as the DA completely collapsed the Tshwane Municipality in a very short time together with its collusion partners it is now working tirelessly to collapse one of the best-run municipalities under the ANC. The DA and its collusion partners unashamedly speak with a forked tongue in their claim to support communities experiencing serious service delivery challenges.

The attempts to reduce genuine service delivery protests to politics and to blame Premier David Makhura because of the inability to provide leadership by the DA in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality is not only disingenuous but very dangerous as it portrays a severe lack of respect for predominantly black communities by the DA and its ilk.

The community of Tembisa has painstakingly raised services delivery issues and

called the DA Mayor to come and account, the DA Mayor responded by showing disdain to the community by her refusal to engage with the community citing very flimsy excuses including her reckless statement that “she cannot be everywhere “ on an ENCA interview. We applaud the people of Tembisa for refusing to be undermined by the Mayor of the DA who refuses to address them because Tembisa is not a white affluent suburb which is her party’s constituency.

The condescending attitude of the DA Mayor towards the community resulted in the loss of life and the unwarranted destruction of property.

We call for calm because the destruction of property and much-needed infrastructure, cannot resolve service delivery challenges. We call for accountability and consequence management for the dereliction of duty by the DA administration. The pyrrhic victory by the DA supported by anti-majoritarian forces has completely collapsed service delivery in Ekurhuleni. We call for restraint and calm while insisting on a clear plan to deal with service delivery issues in Ekurhuleni. The DA must be held accountable for its failures and the blood of those who perished must be placed in the hands of the DA mayor and her racist party.

Issued by the Office of the Chief Whip, Cde Mzi Khumalo.

For enquiries please contact

Cde Lesego Makhubela

ANC Gauteng Provincial

Legislature

Caucus Spokesperson

079 477 0241.