OPPOSITION COALITIONS IN SOUTH AFRICAL LOCAL GOVT SPEAK OF THEIR SUCCESSES

Members of South African opposition parties which have formed coalitions to run several local governments after ousting the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in last August’s local government polls have taken note of their successes.

These opposition parties are now governing various metropolitan areas across the country, including the crown jewel, Johannesburg, said here Thursday that have had various successes in their first hundred days in office.

Leaders from the the Democratic Alliance (DA), Freedom Front Plus, Congress of the People (Cope), UDM, ACDP and Inkatha Freedm Party (IFP) briefed journalists in Parliament here about what they have achieved since the elections in August.

COPE leader Mosiuoa Lekota said the objective of the coalitions is to stop corruption and improve service delivery and he listed some of their successes in the City of Johannesburg.

“Within the first seven days in office, almost 2,000 title deeds were ready for processing, with the vast majority of those already issued,” he noted.

“An extended-hour clinic pilot project was launched at the Princess Clinic in Roodepoort, in order to grow small businesses and create jobs; a review process has commenced by which the city’s Supply Chain Management Policy is altered to break up tenders and contracts into numerous smaller ones, creating opportunities for more SMEs to enter the local economy.”

ACDP leader Kenneth Meshoe said the coalition had been successful so far, because the parties seek to improve service delivery to voters.

“We treat people with respect. Sometimes you go to ask for services and you are treated with disrespect. People are being lied to. But now here, you have leaders who are committed not to lie to people.”

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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