'Tshwane is untouchable on service delivery'

The Tshwane mayor believes reports the city is bankrupt are a campaign to tarnish its image.

Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa (L) says reports that the city is bankrupt is part of an ongoing campaign to undermine the ANC's ability to mount an election campaign. Picture: SAPA

PRETORIA - Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa on Monday said reports that the city is bankrupt are part of an ongoing campaign to undermine the ANC's ability to mount an election campaign.

The mayor and top city officials held a briefing on the city's finances in Pretoria yesterday, using the Auditor General's result to show its books are in order.

A weekly newspaper reported last week that the city was in dire financial crisis.

Ramokgopa said opposition parties were struggling to fault his administration on service delivery.

"We are delivering houses more than any other [municipality]; we're building roads more than any other [municipality] - there is nothing they'll get us on, so [they'll] need to try something else."

He said graft would not be tolerated, and used the opportunity to dispel rumours his neck was on the block.

"The system will not be looted for as long as I'm here. By the way, for the record, I'm here until 2016.

"But I think there is some agenda that seeks to project the municipality in a bad light."

Ramokgopa said he would respond to specific political parties when he wears his ANC cap in council.