13 June 2018

South Africa: City of Joburg Budget Finally Gets Approval

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EFF draws a lot of water in council but not all parties are pleased by its strong influence on the DA-led coalition.

If you were ever to attend a council meeting at the City of Johannesburg it is clear to see that the metro's election kingmaker, the EFF, holds a lot of sway in the continued governance of the DA-led coalition. And after weeks of debate and multiple drafts, the EFF finally gives a thumbs up to the City's Budget with its own tariffs amended.

It is customary in the newly renamed Winifred "Winnie" Madikizela-Mandela Council chambers for the DA councillors to include in any of their remarks a ceremonial 'thank you' to the EFF for its continued support of the coalition government and for a host of motions it has tabled in council and subsequently been adopted by the DA as programmes for the metro.

Although the EFF is not in coalition with the DA, it has proved to be a helpful ally in fighting off fierce criticism from the previous administration on the state of city finances. So when the EFF disagreed with the initially...

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