EFF makes big local government promises

2021-Sep-27   07:21

EFF makes big local government promises
The EFF is promising free electricity and basic services to the poor, improved and professional management of municipalities as well as accountability if it gets to run some councils.
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- Gomolemo Mothomogolo

The EFF is promising free electricity and basic services to the poor, improved and professional management of municipalities as well as accountability if it gets to run some councils.

The party launched its local government elections manifesto at the Gandhi Square in Johannesburg on Sunday.

"In every EFF municipality, households that depend on social grants will automatically qualify for free basic services without having to register on the indigent database. No one will need to register that they're poor. Being a social grant recipient is already evidence that you're struggling to make ends meet. Why must you display your poverty all over again when you've already done that to SASSA?," said EFF leader, Julius Malema, to loud cheers.

He added that all EFF run municipalities would have clear town planning and manage the use of land effectively for the benefit of all.

"Every EFF municiapity will have a clear town planning programme. Every municipality will conduct land audit of its municipal area to determine true land ownership details of every piece of land in the municipality, ascertain current land use and expropriation,  abandoned and unused land for redistribution to landless,” said Malema.

”Every EFF Municipality will have its own the municipal land reform plan, outline municipal based land reform targets. These targets will be aimed at resolving urban land hunger in urban and peri-urban municipalities and ensuring access to land for housing, urban agriculture and black led industrial activities”.

Malema said if EFF is elected to govern some municipalities it will establish an anti-corruption unit to curb and fight corruption.

“All EFF municipalities will increase municipal internal audit capacity to enhance efficiency and effectiveness in government and to pre-empt all forms of corruption,” he said.

Malema also said under EFF watch, municipalities will report back to residents quarterly through public meetings.

He has also committed to ensuring transparency by selecting chairperson of the municipal public accounts committee (MPAC) from opposition benches to “safeguard transparency and oversight over the executive”.

 

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