By Doreen Mokgolo
The election of a new mayor for the City of Ekurhuleni is set for Tuesday and all indications are that the EFF are about to take control of the city.
It appears that the ANC will allow the EFF to take over Ekurhuleni in return for the EFF’s support for an ANC takeover of the cities of Johannesburg and Tshwane.
The Economic Freedom Fighters have never won a municipality before, so is EFF Gauteng Chairperson Nkululeko Dunga ready to govern a R51 billion municipality?
The City has been operating without a leader for the past three weeks after DA mayor, Tania Campbell, was ousted during a motion of no confidence.
Since then the EFF and the ANC have been locked in negotiations as the ANC wants future control of Johannesburg and Tshwane.
Last week, Gauteng ANC chairperson, Panyaza Lesufi, confirmed that the party was in talks with the EFF.
“Negotiations are at the tail end. We are just waiting for both party principals to agree on the terms that we proposed.”
On Thursday, ANC spokesperson in Ekurhuleni, Lesiba Mpye, confirmed that former mayor Mzwandile Masina would not contest the position, paving the way for the EFF to take over the metro.
Mayoral candidate Dunga told Scrolla.Africa that their mandate is for stable government and effective service delivery to the people of Ekurhuleni.
“The DA has continued with the legacy of their forefathers by servicing white suburbs, leaving the townships without services,” he said.
He said the rubbish is not collected, grass at public buildings has been left uncut and water outages have been introduced due to the lack of maintenance of the resources.
Dunga said many factories in the area have been closed as a result, contributing to high unemployment in the Metro.
Pictured above: EFF leader in Gauteng Nkululeko Dunga
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