Mashaba: Previous Joburg administration had priorities wrong

Mashaba has accused three Gauteng govt departments of failing to meet their debt payments.

Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba. Picture: YouTube screengrab.

JOHANNESBURG - Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba says it's becoming clearer by the day that the previous administration in the metro had its priorities wrong.

Mashaba has accused three Gauteng government departments of failing to meet their debt payments which now amount to almost R260 million.

He has warned that failure to do so will result in the city cutting services to defaulting departments.

While the city says a number of departments have failed to meet their rate payments, the Premier's office says there is a debt management committee set up to meet with the mayor's office at the end of the month.

Spokesperson for the premier, Phumla Sekhonyane, says there is a systematic way of dealing with the debt.

"You've the structure set up by the Premier, which is called the Premier's Coordinating Forum, where he sits with the mayors."

Sekhonyane says they hope the mayor will familiarise himself with the current structures that are in place to deal with the payments.

"And that structure is the Debt Management Committee."

Mashaba says too many residents have been suffering from a lack of quality basic services.