ANC-led Gauteng Government refuses to account to residents

Issued by Solly Msimanga MPL – DA Gauteng Provincial Legislature Caucus Leader
03 Dec 2019 in Press Statements

Gauteng Premier, David Makhura and his cabinet continue to evade accountability and show their disdain for the residents of Gauteng by refusing to explain how many of their 100-day promises have been achieved.

During his State of the Province Address (SOPA), the Premier made numerous promises and commitments that he and his executive would achieve within their first 100 days.

These 100 days have long come and gone, yet the public are none the wiser as to what this administration has achieved.

During a Legislature sitting last week, I asked the Premier to elaborate on what has been achieved. Citing an ambiguous technicality in the Legislature’s standing rules, he refused to answer the question and directed the Speaker to withdraw my question.

The Speaker, despite her office requiring neutrality, did the Premier’s bidding to shield him and the ANC from scrutiny.

Today, similar questions were asked of each MEC, each of whom duly dodged the questions by referring us to the Premier.

It has become a pattern under Premier Makhura that both he and his MECs refuse to be held to account.

It is clear that this ANC-led government has absolutely no idea of what accountability is. Some of their promises included:

  • Police stations that have the highest number of reported crimes will be visited
  • CEO vacancies at all hospitals will be filled
  • A 4th Industrial Revolution Panel will be established

As the official opposition in Gauteng, it is our responsibility to hold the executive to account through the legislative mechanisms at our disposal, like asking questions.

Today’s display emphasises that this administration only serves its own agenda.

The DA will continue to ask questions in the Legislature to determine the progress made by Premier Makhura and his cabinet.

It is our job to ensure the needs of the residents, not cadres, are put first.