Maimane: DA learnt lessons from running metros

Thursday marked exactly a year since the opposition party wrestled control of key municipalities in Tshwane, Joburg and Nelson Mandela Bay.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane. Picture: Gaye Davis/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane says the party has taken lessons from the metros they run as they prepare for a coalition government in 2019.

Thursday marked exactly a year since the opposition party wrestled control of key municipalities in Tshwane, Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay from the African National Congress (ANC) in cooperation with other opposition parties.

Maimane says that going into 2019, some things would have to be fixed.

“Deal with recourse management, it’s been a big lesson for us - accountability. When you say you want to build accountability in officials, so that if anyone is corrupt, to deal with them. And that, I think, sometimes is an important lesson going towards 2019, is that agree on a programme of delivery, set your objectives up front and then build in the mechanism.”

'STILL A LOT TO DO'

Maimane says there has been progress in the DA-led municipalities to clean up the metros, which he says were handed over in a mess, besieged by corruption and cadre deployment.

The DA leader was joined by the mayors of Cape Town, Tshwane, Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay.

He says his party still has a lot to do to clean up the metros.

“When the DA-led government assumed office in the metros of Tshwane, Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay, we had the mammoth task of turning these cities around which were besieged with ANC corruption and maladministration. The ANC had two decades of cadre deployment entrenching themselves in local government, so to turn this around, takes an extreme amount of work.”