‘Makhura must stop making promises he never keeps’

Gauteng Premier David Makhura will deliver his State of the Province Address morning.

Gauteng Premier, David Makhura. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - As Gauteng Premier David Makhura prepares to deliver his State of the Province Address (Sopa) this morning, opposition parties say they expect more information on the outcome of the implementation of policies and not just rhetoric.

Makhura will spell out provincial government's 2016 plan of action and service delivery priorities.

Last year, the premier announced 10 pillars that would contribute toward transforming, reindustrialising and modernising Gauteng.

The Gauteng Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)'s Mandisa Mashego says the party wants the premier to stop making promises that he never keeps.

"We also want to see the African National Congress (ANC) make bold moves towards expropriating land."

The Congress of the People (Cope)'s Dennis Bloem says the party expects Makhura to announce the complete scrapping of the controversial e-toll system in the province.

"He has promised that he is going to do something about e-tolls. So, we're expecting him to announce the scrapping of e-tolls."

Opposition parties say while they don't expect anything new from the premier, they will not hesitate to raise issues of importance.

During President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address (Sona) earlier this month, both the EFF and Cope walked out of the National Assembly in Cape Town after wanting clarity of the rules of the house from Speaker Baleka Mbete.

Mashego says the party has already requested to make member statements.

"The member statements are those statements that any member can make but there are rules in how you actually get to place the statement. Thus far we haven't received any responses about proceeding."

At the same time Bloem says the party won't hesitate to raise issues.

"If the premier is not going to address these issues we'll raise our voices, stand up and say that enough is enough."