Maile calls on GP parties to work together before electing mayors


Maile held a briefing on Sunday in Sandton on the reconstitution of new city councils and the election of elected officials in Gauteng municipalities following local election results earlier this month.

Gogta ​​MEC Lebogang Maile held a press conference on October 6, 2021 to announce the province’s response to the ConCourt decision, which concluded that the decision to dissolve Tshwane City Council was unwarranted. Image: Eyewitness News.

JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng Cooperative Governance MEC Lebogang Maile called on political parties in the province to work together for the benefit of residents, as municipalities are expected to form councils and elect mayors from Monday.

Maile held a briefing on Sunday in Sandton on the reconstitution of new city councils and the election of elected officials in Gauteng municipalities following local election results earlier this month.

No party won an absolute majority in Johannesburg, Tshwane or Ekurhuleni.

This has given rise to intense discussions about who should govern where in coalitions or partnerships.

Either way, the talks seemingly threaten the stability of the suspended municipalities as parties struggle to reunite.

The MEC said leaders have a responsibility to ensure voters are not left behind by failed coalitions.

“If they know what is good for them, they have to behave and listen to the signals that have been given by the voters. That’s not to say they can’t disagree or have solid debates, but they have to do so in a dignified manner. “

Gauteng’s cooperative governance department said it would deploy officials to all municipalities in the province to observe and support city councils.

Maile said his department would do everything possible to ensure a smooth transition to the new term in Gauteng local government.

Maile said establishing a stable and accountable local government would in turn improve the quality of life for residents.

The MEC warned that the destructive governance of the subways by coalitions, as seen over the past five years, is not expected to be repeated.

Maile’s remarks come after efforts by opposition parties to form coalitions were disrupted after the DA refused to back the candidacy of its former mayor of Joburg Herman Mashaba to once again lead the country’s economic center.

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