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The Democratic Alliance in Johannesburg has accused the Speaker of Council, Connie Baphela, of riding roughshod over opposition parties and denying residents of the city their right to representation on the over R46b budget.
Clr Baphela, put the cart before the horse when she ruled that the Council should vote to pass the full operational and capital expenditure budget before she had allowed debate on critical items in the house. The DA objected so strongly to the Speakers ruling it left the Council chamber in protest after it had recorded its vote on the items.
In a City where resident’s expenses are higher than their income, the proposed above inflationary tariff and rates increases are, quite simply, unacceptable.
The DA’s councillor, Victor Penning, objected to the Speakers ruling citing the need to debate this and other crucial issues that affected the residents of Johannesburg.
The suggestion that the ‘excuse for the walk out is wafer thin or without substance’ is ludicrous in the extreme. The residents of the City of Johannesburg can only be properly represented when debates are allowed to proceed. For the DA to pass or oppose items it is imperative that its voice is heard before the item is forced through by the ruling party’s majority.
Clr Baphela’s abuse of power displays the arrogance and blatant unwillingness of the ruling party to entertain suggestions of good governance which could save residents money.