Trollip: “DA will bring good governance in 2016”

BY CHARL BOSCH - NOVEMBER 30, 2015

Democratic Alliance (DA) Eastern Cape leader, and Nelson Mandela Bay mayoral candidate Athol Trollip, has said the party would undertake “a bold vision” to grow good governance if elected in next year’s local government elections.

Addressing party members and the media as part of the DA’s Growing Good Governance breakfast meeting at the Bayword Conference Venue on Monday, Trollip, flanked by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, City of Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille, Midvaal Mayor Bongani Baloyi and MPL Andrew Whitfield, said the lack of good governance in the Metro has continued for far too long, and that the party is ready to change that.

“Twenty-one years into democracy, we should not have a housing backlog of 70 000 units. We should have well maintained roads, an excellent crime-fighting metro police force, weekly refuse collection in every ward and a comprehensive public transport system.

“Instead, we have a pile of broken promises that keeps growing and a public purse that keeps shrinking,” Trollip said.

Referring to his recent 60 wards in 60 days campaign, Trollip stated that some areas of the areas in the Metro lacks even the most basic of needs, while Cape Town continues to enjoy the best form of service delivery in the country as proven by its numerous international awards and growing population.

“Nelson Mandela Bay has to be a destination city that people would want to visit and not merely use as a drop-off point up the Garden Route to Cape Town,” Trollip remarked.

“A number of areas in Port Elizabeth have not changed at all since 1994. This is unacceptable. Good governance requires a zero-tolerance approach to corruption, the political will to tackle the problem seriously and the strengthening of institutions charged with oversight”.

Taking a swipe at Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor Danny Jordaan, Trollip said the South African Football Association (SAFA) boss has made little progress in reducing corruption, providing jobs and combating crime and gangsterism in the troubled Northern Areas, since coming to power earlier this year.

“For the last 10 years the ANC in Nelson Mandela Bay has only been talking about a metro police, and still there is no plan to operationalise this necessary law enforcement measure,” Trollip said.

“Mayor Jordaan’s recent unveiling of a police vehicle, which had been hired, and motorbike taken from storage, was nothing but a publicity stunt. The truth is that there are no metro police officers in Nelson Mandela Bay and no budget this financial year to fund the operation. Good governance can be achieved by having proper leadership, which we will provide if elected in 2016".