DA: Factional battles to blame for Joburg leadership vacuum

The DA's Leah Knott spoke with eNCA's Dan Moyane. Courtesy of #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC's factional battles are to blame for the leadership vacuum in the City of Johannesburg.

That's according to Leah Knott, the DA's caucus leader in Johannesburg.

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No replacement has been elected since Geoff Makhubo's death in July from COVID-19.

Knott says there's no communication from the ANC and this is creating a problem for service delivery.

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"There is no acting mayor. Johannesburg didn't have a deputy position when the mayor passed away. On his passing, the mayoral cabinet dissolved automatically and in essence, there is no executive in Johannesburg. The city manager was put in charge and there are no political heads, either in the cabinet or at the helm of the city in the mayor's position," Knott said.

"It all boils down to the factional battles in the ANC and the fact that they didn't have a succession plan. In 2019, they were able to approve a candidate within less than a week and now they are sending out letters left, right, and centre.

"We've seen some of these press releases where they've blatantly stated that they need to calm down the disruptions internally and people need to support the candidate that has been chosen despite the fact that they may not have wanted them."


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