Mzwandile Masina. Picture: SOWETAN
Mzwandile Masina. Picture: SOWETAN

Credible independent institutions such as Gauteng City-Region Observatory with their Quality of Life survey, Moody’s Investors Service, and the sixth African Satisfaction Index by Consulta have acknowledged the good job done by the city of Ekurhuleni under the leadership of mayor Mzwandile Masina and the ANC.

Significantly, the auditor-general gave Ekurhuleni a clean audit opinion.

Residents have also rewarded the ANC and Masina’s performance through impressive support in the recent election. In effect, Masina resuscitated ANC electoral fortunes in his municipality.

The DA lost lots of electoral support in Johannesburg and Tshwane. This could be a reflection of residents’ dissatisfaction with service delivery. The ANC has increased its electoral support in these two metros.

The DA performance in Tshwane in the last three elections was as follows: 2014 — 33.75%, 2016 — 43.11%, 2019 — 29.52%. This drop in electoral support is not surprising. According to the Quality of Life survey, Tshwane is the only metro in Gauteng that regressed; it is struggling in many areas and only 34% of respondents were satisfied with its administration. There was also a huge debacle about alleged maladministration related to the Glad Africa’s appointment, and irregular appointment of senior staff in mayor Solly Msimanga’s office.

The DA performance in Johannesburg in the past three elections was: 2014 — 32.37%, 2016 — 38.37%, 2019 — 29.62%. If these were municipal elections the DA would have lost eight wards and nine proportional representation councilors in Johannesburg. This is understandable because mayor Herman Mashaba promoted the EFF over the DA and the results are showing. During his recent state of the city address Mashaba mentioned the EFF several times and never cited the DA at all.

The way things are going the ANC will win the Johannesburg and Tshwane metros outright at the next municipal elections.

Dr Rabelani Dagada
Johannesburg