Mashatile shocked by census results

ANC leader in Gauteng Paul Mashatile has urged the ruling party to improve its overall delivery.

The ANC in Gauteng held a special conference ahead of the Mangaung elective conference on 9 December 2012. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC in Gauteng on Sunday said the recent census results paint a grim picture of the rate at which development is taking place in the country.

Provincial leader Paul Mashatile told a few hundred ANC members in Alberton earlier, the party is also concerned about the influx of people to Gauteng.

He said the development rate should have increased given the democratic advances that have been made since 1994.

Mashatile said he was disturbed by the recent census results.

"After 18 years of freedom and democracy, our development trajectory is still stuck in low gear."

He said the increased number of people in Gauteng means the party must now re-strategize its approach to service delivery.

"This therefore requires that we must increase efforts to secure more funding from National Treasury for Gauteng."

Currently, there are just more than 12 million people in the province.

By contrast, South Africa's largest province, the Northern Cape, has the least number, with 1.1 million people.

Census results showed the country's population had grown to 51.8 million.

Mashatile urged the ruling party to improve its overall delivery to remain in power in the province.

He also warned that the Democratic Alliance's threat to take power in the province at the 2014 general elections should not be taken lightly.

The party's Gauteng leader Paul Mashatile said the DA's ambitions are delusional, but should not be ignored.

"We must not be surprised as ANC branches when there are service delivery protests. We must be the first to know. Whatever posture the DA takes, it remains our ideological opponent."

The opposition announced during its federal congress in November that it planned to govern in Gauteng in 2014.

The DA's is in power in the Western Cape.