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Cape Town – AD leader John Steenhuisen wants his party to fight ANC power in major municipalities and other cities across the country.
Steenhuisen, who launched his manifesto virtually on Saturday, said the official opposition intended to capture some of the municipalities because the ANC had failed to fix them.
He said most municipalities are in a state of collapse due to a lack of essential skills, financial controls and corruption.
This was evident in the audit results report over the years.
Some municipalities lack basic needs, leading communities, businesses and civic organizations to take control of repairing roads, water and infrastructure, Steenhuisen said.
âI know how bad things are in so many municipalities. Over the past few months, I have visited many municipalities across the country and spoken to hundreds of people, and the stories they shared with me paint a very dark picture. Our country is a country where the collapse of local administration is so widespread that it can no longer be possible to put these non-functional municipalities under administration because there are simply too many of them. Ours is a country where little by little ordinary citizens, businesses, civic organizations are starting to take responsibility for their failing local governments, âsaid Steenhuisen.
DA policy chief Gwen Ngwenya also said they need to fix municipalities that are in a state of collapse.
She said it had been going on for many years and that the DA wanted to wrest power from the ANC.