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DA to downsize Tshwane Municipality

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane says they've found many instances of cadre deployment.

FILE: DA leader Mmusi Maimane. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/ EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) appears to be preparing to downsize in the Tshwane Municipality, particularly in the mayor's office where it says more than 900 people are employed.

The party's federal executive, which met in Cape Town over the last two days, has given instructions to mayors in DA-controlled governments to implement its manifesto, which includes service delivery and cutting corruption.

During a post-federal executive meeting briefing earlier today, the DA revealed that it has set its sight on Tshwane, where it claims 915 people were employed in former Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa's office.

The party's leader, Mmusi Maimane, says they've found many instances of cadre deployment.

"Many of the people working there are branch secretaries, branch chairpersons of the ANC. Their contracts were due to be finished by the end of the year and therefore we can boldly say we are not cutting what was not already going to be cut."

Maimane adds the country cannot afford bloated administrations.

"The municipality needs that money for the people at home, not for the ANC. If we want to talk about job creation, how do we stimulate micro-enterprise? How do we make sure that infrastructure is in Tshwane so that investment can come in so that people can create work?"

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