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Time for empty promises now over, says new Tshwane mayor Randall Williams

Williams told Eyewitness News that with just 11 months left until the provincial and local government election, the pressure was on him and all councillors to get back to delivering basic services.

New City of Tshwane mayor, Randall Williams, makes a speech in a council meeting on 30 October 2020 after being elected mayor. Picture: @DAGauteng/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - The new Tshwane mayor said that he had no plans to make promises he could not keep to the city’s residents as he begins his work as leader of the capital.

Randall Williams, a Democratic Alliance (DA) representative, was elected to the post last Friday following the dissolution of the council by the Gauteng provincial government and reinstatement by the courts.

• DA's Randall Williams elected mayor of Tshwane

Williams told Eyewitness News that with just 11 months left until the provincial and local government election, the pressure was on him and all councillors to get back to delivering basic services.

"I'm going back to the delivery of basic services, like fixing street lights that will improve security in areas, fixing potholes, cutting grass... you know, all the basics services, make sure that when water leaks, it is repaired within accepted time limits."

• Hard lessons learned by Tshwane residents, council in power battle - Williams

He said that the time for empty promises was done, adding that despite the major financial challenges they faced, he was committed to ensuring that the needs of the metro’s residents were attended to.

Williams said that the administrators hired by the provincial government had left the city near the brink of financial collapse with a R4.4 billion deficit, although it had a surplus of over R220 million when the council was dissolved in March.

• Newly appointed Tshwane mayor claims administrators emptied the metro’s coffers

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