Herman Mashaba

ANC, DA agree to put their differences aside for the good of the people

Gauteng premier David Makhura and Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba have agreed to quit their squabbling and focus on what’s important.

Herman Mashaba

Finally some progress. Makhura and Mashaba met on Wednesday to discuss the way forward, following some terse exchanges between the ANC and DA in both Jozi and Tshwane.

The two parties found themselves at odds in Joburg after Mashaba announced that he would be cancelling a R70 million bicycle lane project and instead redirect the funds to service delivery in the Alexandra township. Mashaba added that bicycle lanes are not a priority and would only come under consideration once all Joburg’s roads have been brought up to standard.

The decision to scrap the bicycle lanes drew the scorn of Parks Tau, the former ANC mayor of Jozi ousted by the DA, who’s criticism of Mashaba’s plan backfired spectacularly and earned him a public roasting.

In Wednesday’s meeting Mashaba and Makhura agreed that they would work together on Joburg’s new inner city regeneration project, which includes:

  • Policing
  • Housing
  • Transport and
  • Sanitation

News24 reports that the two also agreed to finds ways of speeding up the allocation of housing title deeds, to integrate the city and province’s public transport plans and determine whether they could extend operating hours at public clinics.

Pretty cool.