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DD Mabuza urges Tshwane voters to oust the DA and vote for the ANC

The deputy president of the African National Congress (ANC) David D (DD) Mabuza on Thursday urged the residents of Soshanguve, Tshwane, to give the governing party another opportunity at the helm of the capital city by voting for it at the upcoming local government elections.

Mabuza was on a campaign trail at the township in Tshwane (Pretoria) where he called for the metro to return to the governance of the ANC (“Ayibuye iTshwane, ayibuye,” the ANC deputy president chanted).

Some residents of the township told Mabuza their service delivery complaints, which included an illegal dumping site, being overlooked for RDP housing, burst sewer pipes and unemployment.

Mabuza said he noted the residents’ complaints, adding that he also saw the burst sewer pipes when driving into the the township.

The ANC deputy president urged the township’s electorate to oust the Democratic Alliance (DA) by voting for his party on 1 November so that it can fix the issues they have.

Mabuza said the party’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, had said during its manifesto launch in Tshwane a few weeks ago that the ANC is ready and willing to correct its mistakes, be of service to the people and fight against and deal decisively with corruption and factionalism within the organisation.

Mabuza reiterated his call to Soshanguve residents that they should vote for the ANC.

“This time around ayibuye iTshwane [bring back Tshwane].”

Meanwhile, the Constitutional Court recently upheld a High Court decision from April last year which set aside Gauteng MEC for Human Settlements, Urban Planning and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Lebogang Maile’s decision to place the Tshwane Metro Municipality under administration in 2020.

The High Court’s decision was challenged at the Supreme Court of Appeal in October last year, however, the latter court upheld the high court ruling.

The DA has welcomed the Constitutional Court’s ruling, however, Maile has defended the decision to dissolve the Tshwane municipality.

The Tshwane Metro has been governed by the DA since 2016, which entered into a coalition with smaller parties and made a deal with the Economic Freedom Fighters in the capital city’s council.

Maile said that the decision to dissolve the metro council was justified because it, the council, was in a dysfunctional state.

The MEC has undertaken to consult with Gauteng Premier David Makhura and the provincial government’s executive committee about the order that he must probe what led to the dysfunctionality of the Tshwane Metro council.

Separately, former finance minister Tito Mboweni took to Twitter on Wednesday evening to boldly state that “the ANC will” win all the metros at the polls on 1 November.

“And we will win all of them,” Mboweni tweeted.

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