EFF to oppose Mashaba's plans to privatise Pikitup

The EFF says if Mashaba decides to privatise Pikitup, it will have him removed as Johannesburg mayor.

Newly elected Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba. Picture: YouTube screengrab.

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters(EFF) says while it does not regret voting with the Democratic Alliance (DA) to take power away from the African National Congress, it's concerned that Mayor Herman Mashaba may not be prioritising the poor.

The EFF says should the DA in Johannesburg decide to privatise Pikitup, as per reports, it will be forced to take the necessary steps to have Mashaba removed as mayor.

However, the DA says it has not taken any steps to do so.

The EFF's Johannesburg chairperson Mosa Novela says the party will oppose efforts to privatise Pikitup should the plans be legitimate.

Novela has emphasised that his party is not in a coalition with the DA and will take the necessary steps to remove the newly elected mayor should the privatisation plans go through.

"If we [must] express no confidence in the current administration that will happen."

However, in a statement, Mashaba says no steps have been taken to privatise Pikitup.

He adds that all consultation will be done transparently and will include trade unions.

MASHABA CALLS PIKITUP PRIVATISATION CLAIM A 'MYTH'

Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba says he is surprised by reports that he plans to privatise waste management company Pikitup, saying this appears to be an attempt to destabilise his administration.

The mayor says he is still conducting his own investigation into the problems at Pikitup.

"I think this is an attempt by certain people that would not want me to investigate some of the issues already coming to my attention. Right now I just want to dispel this myth that says I have taken a decision that we are breaking up Pikitup."