ANC Gauteng provincial deputy chairperson and Premier David Makhura has remained positive about the ruling party retaining three metros in the forthcoming local elections.
Makhura did not appear jittery about the threat posed by opposition parties.
He was speaking to journalists at Wembley Stadium in Turffontein, Johannesburg, yesterday – shortly before taking part in an ANC meeting for the preparations for the party’s Gauteng manifesto launch, to take place at the FNB Stadium outside Soweto on Saturday.
Makhura said the “ANC-led government has done a lot in the province in terms of delivering services” to the citizens.
“It may appear we are not meeting expectations but we are confident the ANC will be mandated by the people to govern again,” said Makhura.
“We can only say this because we have an ear to the ground. We are confident of retaining these metros because we have done well on infrastructure development.”
Makhura admitted his administration faced issues such as unemployment, inadequate housing and crime. But he pointed out that government was making strong interventions, such as increasing the number of metro police officers and urging them to fight crime as well.
Asked if the ANC in the province still regarded Zuma as its face for the elections, Makhura said: “Yes, because he is a leader [of the ANC].”