Despite losing control of the city at the polls, the ANC Tshwane region has cautioned that it will make demands of the city’s new DA-led council, due to be headed by the DA’s Solly Msimanga.
Briefing the media at the Tshwane council chambers yesterday, former mayor and ANC Tshwane region chairperson Kgosientso Ramokgopa said the party had accepted the votes from the residents, but had a list of demands, which the new council should discuss once they take over today.
These demands include job creation and improving the quality of living for those in the townships.
“We want to restore the dignity of the people by ensuring quality service is extended in our townships. In the past five years, we have directed 90% of the budget to those areas of need and we are going to ensure that the programme continues,” he told the media.
The provision of decent housing was one of the demands, as well as bridging the gap between the rich and the poor in Pretoria. “We will insist on basic services in informal settlements, such as sanitation, electricity and decent roads. As we occupy opposition benches, we will insist on nothing less.”
Ramokgopa said the party would push for the expansion of the A Re Yeng buses, which had been previously opposed and debated by the DA. “Free Wi-Fi should be and must be expanded. It has proven to be successful. By the end of the 2017 calendar year, residents should be in close proximity to free Wi-Fi.”
Msimanga is set to be Tshwane’s next mayor after the Economic Freedom Fighters and other opposition parties announced on Wednesday they would support the DA to elect local governments in hung municipalities.
Ramokgopa said the party would meet to analyse the reasons for their loss following the recent local government elections. “Once we have done that analysis, we will share with the public where we think things have gone wrong and how to find a way forward. As long as the DA can meet our minimum demands, we will be more than happy to work with them.”