Written by on February 15, 2024

Written by: Siyabonga Motha and Khanyisile Yende

ANC provincial government is accused of sabotaging the EFF-run public safety department in the city of Johannesburg. This comes after MMC for Public Safety in the City of Johannesburg made accusations that Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi is dispatching the Gauteng crime wardens to the City’s integrated Intelligence Operations Centre (IIOC) without any formal agreement between the City and the provincial office.

The MMC went further to say that Premier Panyaza is ‘a lair and a thug’ and he has multiple times tried to sabotage the administration of the City of Johannesburg.

Tshwaku did not waste time as he went to express his disappointment on Twitter.

MMC Tshwaku says this act by their premier will not only compromise the security of the operation, but it will also undermine the foundation of public services. The City’s Public Safety argues that the failure by Premier Lesufi to consult them is a breach of the intergovernmental agreement.

In a statement released by the City’s public safety department, Lesufi is also accused of parading the launch of the 6000 CCTV cameras in Gauteng.

Tshwaku also voiced out what he deems this as a huge disappointment when he visited the IIOC

“Yesterday when I was doing my oversight, I saw that he is sneaking his crime prevention guys, there was no discussion, there was no intergovernmental talk” says MMC Tshwaku

However, speaking to the VOW FM Drive, Tshwaku says it was brought to his office last year that the Gauteng crime wardens have an interest in working with the IIOC, but it was not finalized, stating that his office does not have a problem with working with the Gauteng crime prevention wardens, but they would have problems with them as the premier likes ‘bullying’ them as a department.

“They like to parachute themselves in coming to bully us and go out to the public and claim easy victory and playing politics. We can work with you but stop being a thug come straight if you want to work at the Integrated Intelligence Operations Centre (IIOC) we don’t have a problem in training your people”. Tshwaku

This feud is also adding on an ongoing misunderstanding between the public and the Gauteng provincial government over the allocation of funds of the Bree Street explosion.

Tshwaku, warns that this should not be used to score political points by the governing party in the buildup to this year’s upcoming elections.

The MMC ‘s office reassured the public that this stunt pulled by the Premier will not waiver their continuous efforts to serve the city of Johannesburg and the Gauteng province at large and that they will continue to pave the way for genuine progress for the people of Johannesburg

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