Parks Tau: Salga position won't affect opposition duties

Tau served as mayor of the city until the ANC was voted out after this year’s local government elections.

Former City of Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNEBSURG - Parks Tau, who is the newly elected chairperson of the South African Local Government Association (Salga), says it's a part time responsibility and will not affect his position as head of the opposition in the City of Johannesburg.

Tau served as mayor of the city until the African National Congress was voted out after this year's local government elections putting the Democratic Alliance's Herman Mashaba in place as the new mayor.

He says Salga is a representative body of local government and he stepped in because one of the councillors was sworn in as a member of parliament on Tuesday.

"The National Executive Committee then asked me to step in as the chairperson until the conference of Salga. It is a part-time responsibility, so the organisation itself has a full time secretariat, headed by the CEO. They do full time work on behalf of the organisation."