Yellow and blue clashed yet again in the DA-run Midvaal municipality this weekend when the ANC held an impromptu rally a street away from where the official opposition party was launching its election manifesto for the region this weekend.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane and Midvaal mayor Bongani Baloyi drew a crowd of about 2 000 supporters to a stadium in Sicelo, but close by the streets were abuzz with ANC members in yellow shouting “we are taking Midvaal back”.
But the DA is confident they will retain the municipality and continue to gain support from residents.
“In 2011, we promised to deliver services to all our people. We have made dramatic improvements in delivering services.
“Access to sanitation has improved from 73% to 94%. Access to water went from 90% to 98%. And access to electricity has improved from 68% to 89%,” said Baloyi.
He also said that DA governance had resulted in unemployment in Midvaal drop 12%.
“Midvaal currently boasts the lowest unemployment rate in Gauteng, meaning that where the DA governs, people in Gauteng have the best chance of getting a job.”
The ANC has been pushing for the municipality to be merged with others because it is a developed enclave surrounded by poorer areas. In September last year, an agreement between Midvaal, the DA, the Municipal Demarcation Board and the ANC was made an order of court preventing the Midvaal from being merged with other municipalities before this year’s elections.
On Saturday, Baloyi vowed to continue fighting to keep Midvaal separate. Maimane said yesterday the City of Tshwane was hamstrung by maladministration and incompetence due to ANC governance.
He was addressing a community meeting at the Eesterust Civic Centre in Eesterust, east of Tshwane. He said service delivery problems in Tshwane and the surrounding areas would not end as long as the ANC was in power.
“The latest jobs figures released last week by Stats SA showed 40 000 more residents of the City of Tshwane joined the ranks of the unemployed, said Maimane.
“Yet, unfortunately, as an ANC-run city, Tshwane has been hamstrung by maladministration and incompetence.
“Since the beginning of this year, 40 000 more residents of this city have been unable to find work and unable to experience an acceptable quality of life. In the City of Cape Town and Midvaal Local Municipality in Gauteng, unemployment is currently at the lowest.”