Today, I announced my action plan for my first 100 days in office as the Premier of Gauteng.
For the past 25 years Gauteng residents have suffered under the corrupt ANC-led Gauteng. On the other hand, the DA has started to bring change to Gauteng through Midvaal, Tshwane and Johannesburg.
In terms of fighting corruption, I will institute the following:
- An Inquiry into provincial state capture;
- Establish the Gauteng Scorpions to investigate high level corruption in the province;
- Establish a Provincial Prosecuting Authority and
- Launch a Ministerial Handbook; it would cap the benefits of the Premier, Speaker and MECs so as to cut exorbitant spending on luxury catering, private security, entertainment and advertising.
In terms of creating employment opportunities and fair access to jobs I will institute the following:
- EPWP Lottery;
- Launch a voluntary year of civil service for matriculants and
- Create one Investment Promotion Agency.
With regards to the Life Esidimeni tragedy, I will ensure that the families of the victims receive the compensation they have long been waiting for. I will also institute legal measures to force former Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu and senior officials implicated in the Life Esidimeni tragedy to pay from their own pockets for their role in the tragedy.
An intergovernmental dispute will also be launched against E-tolls; I will also prepare a legal argument for a high court case against government over the rationality of renewing the e-toll contract in Gauteng.
In terms of professionalising the police service and ensuring residents’ safety, I will adopt a Community Safety Bill that will push the limits of provinces’ constitutional powers over policing. The Bill will include a number of mechanisms that will introduce real control and oversight over policing by the provincial government.
In addition, the Premier will expand ownership of land in the province. There will be an establishment of a Title Deeds Unit in the Premier’s Office to expand property ownership in the province.
In 2016, millions of South Africans used their power to vote the DA into government in South Africa’s largest cities. And we have shown that where we govern, we get things done. We’re working hard to fix over 20 years of damage done to our cities. We are fighting corruption, creating jobs and improving service delivery every day. We are delivering honest government that puts the people first.
Only the DA can bring change that creates jobs, fights corruption, locks up the criminals and speeds up service delivery.