EFF Joburg re­sponds to Bud­get Speech

Inner City Gazette - - News - Silumko Mabona EFF Joburg Re­gional Sec­re­tary

The only Diphethogo in this bud­get speech is that it was tabled by MMC Ngob­eni(auti ya kasi) than MMC Dag­gada(auti ya Born in Alexandra) but the more things re­main the same. There only change is that of the fir­ing and hir­ing in the May­oral com­mit­tee and not the real change in the life of our peo­ple.

We just won­der­ing who the next MMC to go? Let us all wait for the press con­fer­ence and me­dia state­ment from the Mayor, you will be con­vinced that I am san­goma but this term will not end with­out an­other MMC be­ing fired. Com­rade Coun­cilor Makhubo- ke yona kop­pie dice kaMjiba.

Bad­lala kaJozi I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity by pass­ing a mes­sage from the EFF in not­ing the sad news of the pass­ing away of Fighter Siphiwe Ma­puolo from ward 114 who passed away on the 24th May 2018 at Zand­spruit Clinic af­ter a short sick­ness. Also the pass­ing away of Fighter Mary Mashinini son Ja­cob Ntate Mooka from ward 81 and Fighter Phu­mu­lani Nkomo from Ward 51 in Zola.

They passed on with­out dig­nity, black peo­ple still don’t have their land back. I am men­tion­ing this be­cause Fighter Simphiwe Ma­puo­los fam­ily can’t even af­ford R1900.00 to buy him a piece of land in Li­ons Park ceme­tery where they can bury him in dig­nity.

A black per­son will for­ever be hu­mil­i­ated un­til the end of time in South Africa hence the EFF call for the ex­pro­pri­a­tion of land with­out com­pen­sa­tion for equal re­dis­tri­bu­tion.

May the soul of our gal­lant fight­ers rest in revo­lu­tion­ary peace and we will carry on the spear un­til we achieve eco­nomic free­dom in our life­time. Our en­gage­ment of this bud­get speech, MMC it is rich with lots of tar­iff in­cre­ment, uyakhu­phula uyakhu­phula awud­lali ubuya ngoku­zo­lala, you just re­mind us of one Ma­gi­cian who has left us with the Gi­ga­bite Legacy. He in­creased tax by 1% then he van­ished back to Home Af­fairs.

We are go­ing to re­ject these pro­posed in­cre­ments of tar­iffs. This bud­get comes at a back­drop of our lead­er­ship re­ceiv­ing a re­newed man­date from 123 solid branches rep­re­sent­ing over 91% of the wards in Jo­han­nes­burg. Only the mighty EFF can host 5 suc­cess­ful Re­gional Peo­ples As­sem­blies with­out a drop of blood or a loss of life to demon­strate our level of ma­tu­rity and unity in wag­ing war against Cap­i­tal­ism.

Our re­sponse to your speech MMC is pow­ered by an un­flinch­ing vote of con­fi­dence our Chair­per­son and his col­lec­tive re­ceived over the week­end in the RPA.

Amongst Res­o­lu­tions adopted by our highly suc­cess­ful Re­gional Peo­ple’s As­sem­bly is to be res­o­lute in sway­ing the City to the left. Sway­ing the City to the left means ac­cord­ing to the res­o­lu­tions of our suc­cess­ful peo­ple as­sem­bly we must ac­cel­er­ate the in­sourc­ing of ser­vice delivery, build ca­pac­ity City, ac­cel­er­ate the ex­pro­pri­a­tion of land and aban­doned build­ings in the City, pro­vide free wa­ter, elec­tric­ity and mu­nic­i­pal services to fam­i­lies earn­ing less than R10 000 per month, build­ing min­ing and ben­e­fi­ci­a­tion ca­pac­ity in the City, es­tab­lish­ing in­dus­trial zones to boost job cre­ation, con­struct­ing a City led stu­dent town char­ac­ter­ized by City spon­sored stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion, elec­tri­fi­ca­tion of town­ships and in­for­mal set­tle­ments, rev­ers­ing apartheid spa­tial plan­ning pat­terns by pro­vid­ing ser­vice stands in Kelvin, Lom­bardy and other his­tor­i­cally white apartheid ivory tow­ers, pro­vid­ing 24 hour clinic services, build­ing com­mu­nity cen­tered li­braries, a co­her­ent black eco­nomic devel­op­ment strat­egy which en­cap­su­lates for­mal­iz­ing the food mar­ket and taxi in­dus­tries, in­fra­struc­ture devel­op­ment, build­ing safe economies and cre­at­ing a clean City! EFF notes the Job Seek­ers Data­base as pro­posed by the City and calls on its man­date to in­clude it be­ing de­vel­oped into an in­cu­ba­tion that will re­cruit and train re­sources that will be distributed to in­sourced road-works, build­ing, refuse re­moval, grass cutting, se­cu­rity, and clean­ing services. EFF notes the elec­tri­fi­ca­tion and pro­vi­sion of wa­ter to in­for­mal set­tle­ments and call on the city to pro­vide a con­crete plan that com­mits this ad­min­is­tra­tion to elec­trify and pro­vide wa­ter to all homes by 2021.

To this end, EFF calls on the City to ac­cel­er­ate the por­tion­ing of the ex­pro­pri­ated land in Kelvin.

It has been over 18 months since this Coun­cil passed the EFF spon­sored mo­tion of ex­pro­pri­at­ing that land.

Our pa­tience is run­ning dry on this is­sue, if no progress is made on this mat­ter, we might move in and do your job of pro­vid­ing set­tle­ment to our peo­ple. Speaker, the ap­por­tion­ing of Kelvin’s 3 Mil­lion square me­ter into 600 square me­ter ser­viced stand, can house 5000 fam­i­lies.

We give the City a month to pro­vide us with a project plan on the Kelvin Land.

How are you go­ing to en­sure that the 152 000 peo­ple on the hous­ing wait­ing list are given houses when you fail to ex­pro­pri­ate land? EFF notes the City’s view on the ex­pro­pri­a­tion of aban­doned build­ings, and to this end call on the City to man­date JoshCo to re­fur­bish the build­ings and con­vert them to affordable hous­ing and stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion. We be­lieve that a bet­ter-man­aged JoshCo with fo­cused lead­er­ship, headed by a CEO who doesn’t be­have as if he’s a law unto him­self can drive the re­ju­ve­na­tion of Joburg. Speaker, the MMC has in­di­cated that R120 mil­lion has been bud­geted for the 2018/2019 fi­nan­cial year to pro­vide 200 ser­viced sites onto which ben­e­fi­cia­ries can be set­tled with full own­er­ship.

The peo­ple of ward 20 in Naledi have iden­ti­fied land in Protea Glen Ext 16 Ward 135 and what was the Ci­tys re­sponse to poor peo­ple? It re­sponded by un­leash­ing JMPD with Tear­gas and rub­ber bul­lets, black on black vi­o­lence, we are not giv­ing our peo­ple hope.

It can’t be that we have al­most 190 in­for­mal set­tle­ments in Jozi-Mjiba Jo­han­nes­burg.

MMC Me­shack Van Wyk, my predikant, there is no time for set­tling into your new job but you need to hit the ground run­ning.

I don’t know why the Mayor con­tin­ues to de­ploy short peo­ple into this of­fice of hous­ing, clearly Coun­cilor Dan Bovu, your boots are too big to filled. Speaker, the EFF ve­he­mently, un­re­servedly, un­apolo­get­i­cally and fe­ro­ciously re­jects the pro­posed in­creases in wa­ter, elec­tric­ity, sew­er­age, san­i­ta­tion and refuse re­moval in­creases.

If the City wants to close the gap of with­held fund­ing by the na­tional gov­ern­ment, the fo­cus should be on an ac­cen­tu­ated fo­cus into track­ing businesses that evade pay­ing for services.

Re­cently the Mayor an­nounced the re­coup­ing of mil­lions from ABSA, that was bril­liant work done and the City must fo­cus on that. Cur­rently as things stand the poor are fund­ing the rich and businesses.

We call on the cre­ation of a non­bribe tak­ing rates eva­sion bust­ing unit tasked with vis­it­ing ev­ery busi­ness premise in Joburg in­clud­ing Luthuli House and re­coup monies robbed from the poor. Speaker, the City must look into self-fund­ing ini­tia­tives. Amongst the ini­tia­tives we pro­pose are;

· The re­cap­ture of Lense­ria Air­port from the cur­rent fran­chised ar­range­ment. The Air­port can boost the city’s rev­enue and bring vi­brancy to the econ­omy.

· Re­cap­ture ICT in­fra­struc­ture, which includes fi­bre dis­tri­bu­tion and rent to busi­ness.

· Re­cap­ture and re­sus­ci­tate Egoli Gas to com­pete with elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion.

· Es­tab­lish the Joburg Min­ing Company to take over aban­doned mines and spear­head the min­eral ben­e­fi­ci­a­tion pro­gram.

We note Diphethogo in prin­ci­ple and as a cause. We how­ever call on it to be con­tex­tu­al­ized against the im­me­di­ate need to im­prove our peo­ple’s lives.

This ad­min­is­tra­tion is ap­proach­ing two years in of­fice and grow­ing too slow in chang­ing lives.

The Mayor must be coura­geous and con­front the sab­o­tage waged by in­her­ited bu­reau­cracy. Is­sued by:

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