DA seeks to unseat Makhura through no-confidence motion

The Democratic Alliance in Gauteng said its confident it'll have the backing of other political parties in its attempt to unseat Premier David Makhura.

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The opposition party on Monday announced it had tabled a motion of no confidence in the premier, accusing him of dragging his feet in implementing plans to improve service delivery in the province.

DA Gauteng caucus leader Solly Msimanga said the recent violence on the West Rand highlighted the Gauteng government's failure to create job opportunities and combat crime.

"Little has been done to make sure that we are able to arrest the unemployment in this province; poverty and desperation are the foundation on which criminal activity is borne, and we can see now in Gauteng that a lot of people...end up going into a life of crime. We have seen now what is happening in Kagiso."

Msimanga said of the more than 2.6 million unemployed Gauteng residents, more than 600,000 had given up looking for employment, despite the many job opportunities promised at Makhura's State of the Province Address. 

"We have heard of prawn farms, marijuana farms, we have heard of so many of these great schemes that were supposed to be delivering jobs,” said Msimanga.

The party has accused Mkahura of stalling the release of reports into irregular procurement processes during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, showing a lack of accountability and transparency.

"We have been told year in and year out that there are SIU reports that are going to be given to us. By the way, they still owe the SIU millions of rand for cases that are being investigated...therefore some of these reports could be held back,” Msimanga added.  

But Makhura's office has dismissed the claims as political desperation by the opposition.

"The DA, as members of the legislature, have a full report on ethics and integrity that was tabled by Dr Terrence Nombembe. This is just desperation by the alliance to take away the spotlight from their crumbling political party,” said Makhura's spokesperson Vuyo Mhaga.


“The Gauteng provincial government, acting on the recommendations of the SIU, placed nine senior officials on precautionary suspension in December 2021 for contravening various legislations regulating public procurement."

Msimanga said they believe the motion was the only way to bring about a government that the people of Gauteng deserve.

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