Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Mongameli Bobani has hit back at critics after President Cyril Ramaphosa and the ANC in the Eastern Cape lambasted a failing coalition government in the city.
In a tweet on Monday, Bobani said the metro had noted the statements made by President Cyril Ramaphosa and ANC and EC Chairperson Oscar Mabuyane.
At the weekend, Ramaphosa described the city’s streets as “filthy” and criticised the coalition government that was “not working”.
"At local government level, specifically in Nelson Mandela Bay, there were a lot of problems. The metro needs our attention and the services meant for people are not there. Government is meant to serve the community,” Ramaphosa said.
He also said that the ANC was locked in a coalition that was not working.
But Bobani said he was not certain on what basis Ramaphosa and Mabuyane had made such statements.
“We have not yet received a formal correspondence seeking information on our performance,” Bobani said in a tweet.
He said they were prepared to furnish both offices with the Metro's performance report, which he said "will factually indicate what we have achieved in the short period. We have also introduced something that has never existed, creating a city with a heart.”
“We offer an opportunity for both the President and MEC in their capacities within government to visit the Coalition government for a thorough briefing on our performance and work that we have done to uplift the poor of the poorest,” Bobani said.
- African News Agency (ANA)