As electioneering gains momentum, political parties are now taking aim at each other as they seek to influence voters to choose them over their opponents.
On Saturday the Democratic Alliance's (DA) Johannesburg Mayoral candidate, Mpho Phalatse, promised to fix the city of gold and vowed not to work with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).
During the launch of her campaign that took place outside the city council's chambers Phalatse said there will be no coalation with the EFF.
“There will be no pandering to the Red Berets [EFF also called by this name] who do not ascribe to our values and principles of good governance, the rule of law and Constitutionalism. We will fight to get the majority so all the residents of Johannesburg can enjoy service delivery,” she said.
The DA has been in and out of power in Joburg as the 2016 Local Government Elections did not produce an outright winner. This forced the party to get into a coalition arrangement with others.
Phalatse said she is best placed to inspire the metro’s 33 thousand strong workforce to bring its A-game.
“I’ll inspire every civil servant of the municipality’s 33 thousand staff compliment to believe that they have the purpose of positively changing the lives of residents,” she said.
The DA lost power after former mayor, Herman Mashaba, left the party citing racism. That led to the collapse of a voting arrangement with the EFF.