Mokonyane must fulfil 2009 promises: DA

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Nomvula Mokonyane jan 30 INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane. Photo: Sharon Seretlo

Johannesburg - Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane has only a few months to fulfil the promises she made when she became premier in 2009, the DA said on Sunday.

“The Gauteng health department is in deep financial trouble, with deteriorating services and many suppliers still not paid,” Democratic Alliance Gauteng caucus leader Jack Bloom said in a statement.

“Her major failure is in job creation, which is why Mr Khulu Radebe, the head of the economic development department, was suspended after she blamed him for the collapse of youth employment projects that were announced with great fanfare in last year's state-of-the-province address.”

Bloom said Mokonyane has “refused to heed calls for a referendum” on the e-tolling of Gauteng highways.

Mokonyane will deliver her state-of-the-province address on Monday.

African National Congress Gauteng chief whip Brian Hlongwa said the province was preparing for “war”.

He said ANC law-makers in the provincial legislature, Mokonyane and members of the executive council met over four days in Pretoria last week to asses the work of the government in the province.

“The outcomes of the caucus last week are clear: that we must ensure that our public representatives appreciate and are adequately prepared for the challenge of next year’s election, and as a result are able to send the message of hope so desperately needed by the people of Gauteng amidst the sea of deception,” Hlongwa said in a statement. - Sapa

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