Her­man Mashaba, ANC set for a col­li­sion over IDP

African Times - - Politics - KARABO NGOEPE

JO­HAN­NES­BURG mayor Her­man Mashaba and the African Na­tional Congress in the city are set for a col­li­sion over the In­ter­grated Devel­op­memt Plan (IDP) which was passed ear­lier in the year.

Mashaba has ac­cused the party of try­ing to claw it’s way back into power in the city by chal­leng­ing the IDP in court. He how­ever said he would not be de­terred by the re­cent “smoke­screen” and need to con­tinue the “ram­pant legacy of cor­rup­tion” by the ANC.

“The city has been given no­tice of the ANC’s most re­cent tac­tic for un­der­min­ing the will of our res­i­dents and forc­ing their way into the city - chal­leng­ing our In­ter­grated Devel­op­ment Plan for the 2017/18 fi­na­cial year in yet an­other friv­o­lous court ap­pli­ca­tion,”Mashaba said.

He said the adopted plan was iden­ti­fied as a key driver to­wards the city achiev­ing much needed ser­vice de­liv­ery for the res­i­dents of Jo­han­nes­burg. Mashaba said the ANC’s court ac­tion was an at­tempt to un­der­mine the will of the peo­ple who par­tic­i­pated in the process un­til the adop­tion of the IDP.

He said they would chal­lenge the court ac­tion.

“The city has ev­ery in­ten­tion of de­fend­ing our res­i­dents against the ANC’s most re­cent smoke­screen for claw­ing back their way back into the city. Time and time again the ANC has shown that it will go to any lengths get back into power. In­deed, dur­ing the IDP pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion process it was the ANC which was re­spon­si­ble for dis­rup­tion at our pub­lic meet­ings. De­spite this, our IDP pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion process was suc­cess­ful,” said Mashaba.

The ANC in Jo­han­nes­burg has how­ever hit back. The party said Mashaba’s ut­ter­ances were an at­tempt to de­flect at­ten­tion from the loom­ing mo­tion of no con­fi­dence in him and speaker Vasco da Gama sched­uled for the end of the month.

“Mashaba has made claims that the re­cent court ap­pli­ca­tion by the ANC to have the In­te­grated Devel­op­ment Plan (IDP) re­viewed and set aside is an at­tempt to un­der­mine the will of the peo­ple of Jo­han­nes­burg and forc­ing its way into the city. Vasco Da Gama has also made claims that Coun­cil will not be forced to hide ANC Coun­cilor Cor­rup­tion. Both these are base­less and non-fac­tual,” spokesper­son Jolidee Ma­tongo said.

He said prior to the roll out of the IDP con­sul­ta­tion process and shortly af­ter the pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion, the ANC pointed out the ma­te­rial flaws with the process. Ma­tongo added that at the Coun­cil meet­ing that dealt with the IDP item, the ANC put on record its con­cerns about the ex­clu­sion of the ma­jor­ity of res­i­dents in the IDP con­sul­ta­tion meet­ings. He said the vi­o­lence was not their fault.

“We in­di­cated as the ANC that the use of the JMPD to eject res­i­dents from the meet­ings demon­strated the re­solve of Mashaba to ex­clude those that have a dif­fer­ent view to him and the Demo­cratic Al­liance. The vi­o­lence that char­ac­ter­ized some of the meet­ings can­not be left un­chal­lenged. The IDP is the ba­sis on which the bud­get and ser­vice de­liv­ery pro­grams are cen­tered. It should con­tain the as­pi­ra­tions of the peo­ple of Jo­han­nes­burg. It is a doc­u­ment that should ex­press the views of the peo­ple of Jo­han­nes­burg on the kind of mu­nic­i­pal­ity they wish to live in. There­fore, the ANC Joburg Re­gion’s court ap­pli­ca­tion is part and par­cel of en­sur­ing that the rights of the peo­ple of Jo­han­nes­burg to de­cide on the kind of city they want to live in are pro­tected,” said Ma­tongo.

He added that the party would push ahead with their mo­tion to have the pair re­moved from power. This will be the sec­ond at­tempt to have them re­moved since the DA came into power through a coali­tion with the Eco­nomic Free­dom Fight­ers and other par­ties in the coun­cil.

“The mo­tion of no con­fi­dence against Mashaba and Vasco da Gama will be tabled, de­bated and voted on, at the 29 Novem­ber 2017 Coun­cil meet­ing. We are con­fi­dent that at the end of the forth­com­ing Coun­cil meet­ing Mashaba and Da Gama will no longer be Mayor and Speaker, re­spec­tively, of the City of Jo­han­nes­burg,” Ma­tongo said.

HER­MAN MASHABA

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