Gauteng premier to respond to Sopa criticism

David Makhura is expected to respond to strong criticism from opposition members in the Gauteng Legislature.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura giving his State of the Province Address on 23 February 2015. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Premier David Makhura is today expected to respond to strong criticism from opposition members who have accused him of unrealistic dreams to revitalise cities and a pre-occupation with so-called 'Rolls-Royce' projects.

Opposition parties in the Gauteng Legislature were given an opportunity on Thursday to make comments and debate Makhura's State of the Province Address (Sopa).

The Democratic Alliance (DA) says the premier must rather focus on the basics before moving on to the so-called 'Rolls-Royce' projects of children using tablets instead of textbooks.

"We've hit the fiscal cliff in that we are running out of money."

The DA has stopped short of calling Makhura a broken man but says the 'cracks are showing'.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) say they'll continue to grab land, adding government hasn't delivered on its promises.

The EFF's Ntobeng Ntobeng has also raised concerns over e-tolling.

"It is becoming clearer and clearer that you [Makhura] were playing a political game about e-tolls given the pressure of the 7 May elections. You have failed because you were never in control and you will never be in control of the super planet you proposed."

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The EFF has called on the Gauteng premier to urgently address the land redistribution issue, build proper houses and make radical decisions on e-tolling.

Makhura is expected to address concerns raised around the massive backlog in housing projects, which has resulted in EFF members occupying land without compensation.

The party says it will continue to do so as this is how its 'members interpret democracy'.