Gauteng Premier David Makhura has on Thursday said he was happy that the people of the province expressed their will and that the elections were not a verdict of whether services were being provided or not.
During a briefing in Johannesburg, Makhura said that he was confident that he was running an effective government and hoped that it would be sustained by the municipal leaders that were coming in.
“The elections aren’t a verdict on if we are providing good education and the many interventions that we have implemented,” Makhura said.
The premier added that he hoped for coalitions that would be able to pass budgets, adopt rates and make decisions.
“Elections were a learning curve for everyone and lessons should be learnt from the votes,” he said.
During the local government elections which took place a week ago, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) lost governance of four out of 11 Gauteng municipalities, which included the major metros of Johannesburg and Tshwane. A number of municipalities in Gauteng and around the country were hung, sparking frantic talk of coalition governments.
Makhura said parties needed to give priority to the need to provide basic services.
“We need to remember that local government is important and the elections, just like all elections, show the will of the people,” he said.
“Gauteng government will continue to support all municipalities and provide services and address service delivery issues,” Makhura said.
The premier said that his responsibility was to ensure that there was no disruptions of service delivery while governance negotiations were under way. He said there were certain things in the province that were agreed upon regardless of which party would be running the province.
Makhura added that he hadn’t received any job security issues, but residents had complained about not being served at municipality offices.
“They have had problems and said they didn’t get serviced. That is a matter of great concern.”
– African News Agency (ANA)