The Gauteng deputy chairperson, Panyaza Lesufi on Saturday called for fresh elections in the province, citing the deterioration of service delivery under the ruling DA-led coalition.
But the DA have hit back, saying the ANC is attempting a “hostile takeover” of the province in an attempt to regain the regions they lost in the 2016 municipal elections.
According to the party’s national spokesperson, Solly Malatsi: “This latest political gimmick by the ANC is ironic considering that the people of Tshwane in the 2016 local government elections elected a government of their choice and voted the ANC out of power.
“The residents of Tshwane gave a mandate for the DA and other opposition parties to form a coalition government to administrate the business of the city and deliver services to its residents‚” he continued.
According to Malatsi, things are going great in Gauteng’s DA-led metros.
“In just two years, the DA-led coalition governments of Johannesburg and Tshwane have turned things around and the two metros are thriving,” he said.
On Sunday, Lesufi slammed what he called “unprincipled coalition governments”, adding that they are “too costly to maintain”.
“We do not want to go through the back door to run that municipality through an unprincipled coalition,” he continued.
“We therefore believe that the final resolution that will restore order and sanity in all these municipalities is to have a fresh mandate so that the ANC can have a clear mandate, and if the ANC does not have that mandate‚ we will make way for those that have been given a clear mandate to run those municipalities.”