COALI­TION

Financial Mail - - COVER STORY / METRO COUNCILS -

pol­i­tics, away from one-party dom­i­nance.

For bet­ter or worse the op­po­si­tion pact would run un­til the next lo­cal elec­tions, in 2021.

Days later the ANC of­fi­cially stepped down from power in Jo­han­nes­burg, Tshwane, Nel­son Man­dela Bay and other mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties where it could not get par­ties to work with it to re­tain power.

A year later, the op­po­si­tion coali­tion looks wob­bly. It has lost the Mo­gale City mu­nic­i­pal­ity on the West Rand as it could not keep the vot­ing bloc united, while the EFF has been boy­cotting Da-led coali­tion coun­cil sit­tings, plac­ing the al­ready un­sta­ble hung mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties un­der pres­sure.

In Jo­han­nes­burg, DA mayor Her­man Mashaba has man­aged to keep the coali­tion to­gether, de­spite the reser­va­tions the EFF had about him be­com­ing mayor.

In Tshwane the DA’S Solly Msi­manga got a raw deal, as the mu­nic­i­pal­ity was more than R2bn in deficit. To truly turn SA’S cap­i­tal around, sort­ing out the fi­nan­cial mess in the city was seen as the most im­por­tant thing to do. For Msi­manga the aim is to have a fully funded bud­get, which has been tabled for the 2017-2018 fi­nan­cial year.

Since Msi­manga took over, the city has at­tracted R2.29bn in in­vest­ment in just nine months, and is in the process of ex­tri­cat­ing it­self from the R2bn smart-meter con­tract (found to be ir­reg­u­lar by the au­di­tor-gen­eral).

The Tshwane coali­tion grabs less head­lines than the tur­bu­lent lead­er­ship of Nel­son Man­dela

What it means: Coali­tions’ suc­cess in mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties will be cru­cial if the ANC is to be top­pled na­tion­ally in 2019.

Bay, as there are “no real is­sues”, says Awie Eras­mus, one of the four FF Plus coun­cil­lors in Tshwane.

Maimane an­nounced at a briefing fol­low­ing the DA may­ors’ first year in of­fice that “af­ter only a sin­gle year of DA gov­er­nance, the city (Nel­son Man­dela Bay) rose from be­ing the sec­ond-low­est trusted metro in the coun­try, to sec­ond high­est – a real vote of con­fi­dence in Mayor (Athol) Trol­lip and his gov­ern­ment.”

It will, how­ever, not be the achieve­ment of es­tab­lish­ing the city’s first metro po­lice ser­vice, or the fact that the city is in the process of pro­vid­ing 12,000 in­for­mal house­holds with run­ning wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion for the first time, that will be re­mem­bered as the most prom­i­nent de­tail of the coali­tion’s first year in of­fice in the metro.

What will stand out will be the tur­moil be­tween two in­di­vid­u­als, as the im­passe be­tween Trol­lip and the UDM’S ousted deputy mayor, Mongameli Bobani, has now moved to the courts. The UDM has asked the high court in Port El­iz­a­beth to in­ter­dict Bobani’s re­moval as deputy mayor through a mo­tion of no-con­fi­dence, as well as to is­sue a declara­tory or­der that his re­moval was un­con­sti­tu­tional and un­law­ful, and that it be re­viewed and set aside. His re­moval as deputy mayor fol­lowed

Solly Msi­manga: Aims to have a fully funded bud­get

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