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The governing multi-party coalition in Johannesburg expresses disappointment at the events that led to the election of Colleen Makhubele as Speaker of Johannesburg and that threaten the return of the ANC to government.
While we accept the democratic outcome, it must be made plain that Makhubele stood for a party in 2021 that posed as an alternative to the ANC making her willingness to return the Johannesburg to the ANC a betrayal to serve her personal interests rather than those of residents.
While noting the PA voting with the ANC on this vote, the multi-party coalition notes that all other coalition parties stood together in their commitment to coalition.
The multi-party coalition will engage the PA in the coming days. We will do so in the interests of the residents of Johannesburg, and the PA’s constituency, whose service delivery needs would be better served from this multi-party coalition rather than one led by the ANC.
Johannesburg requires many years of continuous and uninterrupted governance from this multi-party coalition to reserve the legacy of failed delivery, corruption and state capture that took place under the ANC. We will work tirelessly to ensure that this platform is stabilised so that the lives of residents can be improved and that accountability can be brought to all those who have looted the City with impunity for years.
Despite this setback, the Multi- Party Coalition, is firmly committed to continue to evolve, strengthen and improve our coalition government in Johannesburg. Despite the election of an ANC sponsored Speaker, our multi-party coalition Mayor and MMCs remain hard at work ensuring that service delivery does not just continue uninterrupted, but continues to accelerate.
We are determined to turn Johannesburg and our other coalition governments into beacons of hope for all South Africans.
Issued by the Multi-Party Coalition in Gauteng