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Mashaba’s office has conceded that the decision is not his to make‚ adding that: “Joburg takes its cue from the DA‚ based on the mandate given by its voters.”
The back-tracking comes after a blistering attack last week in which Mashaba dismissed the 257-member municipality association as “top-heavy”‚ “bloated” and “an instrument for the deployment of cadres of the majority party in our country”.
On Tuesday‚ however‚ his office admitted that no decision had been taken on whether the City of Johannesburg would leave Salga.
Lucky Leseane‚ Salga’s executive officer in Gauteng‚ said the provincial executive committee met last Friday and upheld decisions to either allow the DA to occupy the remaining positions in the PEC or air its grievances in a formal meeting.
Leseane insisted that Salga had not received any indication that DA-led municipalities intended to withdraw from the association.
Mashaba’s spokesman Gabu Tugwana said a decision would be “determined by the outcome of the transformative negotiations between Salga and the DA”.
“The participation of Joburg in Salga activities will be determined by the outcome of the DA party — which elected the mayor into office — after engaging with Salga on this matter on transformation matters as directed by what the voters in the recent elections expect‚” Tugwana said.
“Voters expect the party to pursue a transformation agenda in the society. The timing of the matter [and its resolution] will be determined by the pace of the party negotiations with Salga. It is probably up to Salga to conclude negotiations before its next national office elections [in November].”
The possible withdrawal of DA-led Gauteng municipalities from Salga was raised by the DA’s provincial leader‚ John Moodey‚ who is expected to lead negotiations with Salga after the unhappiness over the election of the association’s PEC — which was dominated by ANC members.
Moodey had told Sunday Times: “We are investigating the possibility of us getting out of Salga. We are also looking at approaching municipalities that are governed by our coalition partners to see whether it would be possible for us to come together to establish a representative body that can allow us to implement our own policies.” – TMG Digital