Sopa debate: Makhura criticised for ignoring drought crisis

Members of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature are today debating Makhura’s State of the Province Address.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Premier David Makhura has been criticised for not paying attention to the drought crisis and for bringing former Premier Paul Mashatile back into provincial government.

Members of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature are today debating Makhura's State of the Province Address (Sopa).

Questions have also been raised about why the premier delivered his report in Sebokeng, south of Johannesburg, which meant extra expenses.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) kicked off the debate by flagging that Makhura only mentioned the drought in three lines of his speech.

The party's Jack Bloom also questioned Makhura's decision to Mashatile back into the fold.

"For too long Mashatile was allowed to run amok, spending money on fancy motorsport events - remember those? - and international trips, while the province's hospitals had no bread and medication."

Meanwhile Roads and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi says the opposition simply doesn't want to acknowledge the progress the African National Congress (ANC) has made through various initiatives, some of which have led to a drop in protests in the province.