Democratic Alliance’s (DA) Ekurhuleni Mayoral Candidate Ghaleb Cachalia has gone out of his way to discredit African National Congress’ (ANC) Ekurhuleni Mayoral Candidate Mzwandile Masina, in a bid to win over Ekurhuleni dwellers.
Cachalia earlier on Tuesday said he will reveal Masina’s the track record and reveal that his appointment was done with scant regard for the jobs crisis that Ekurhuleni is facing.
“Since his appointment as Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Masina has been a controversial figure and it is unlikely that he will innovate and create the environment needed to get Ekurhuleni moving forward again,” said Cachalia.
Cachalia was addressing the media at Edenvale when he stated Masina is a career cadre and a hot-headed President Jacob Zuma supporter and that has relied on political patronage to be deployed as the Mayoral candidate in Ekurhuleni.
He then listed what he called “Masina’s infamous moments and Masina’s record as Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry.
Cachalia stated: “Masina travelled to the ANC manifesto launch in Port Elizabeth by way of a luxury jet. The Sunday Times reported that there were four other passengers, and that the trip from Johannesburg cost approximately R220 000,”
“Masina has been directly responsible for the South African manufacturing industry – which is shedding jobs. In Ekurhuleni alone, more than 100 000 jobs were lost in the first quarter of 2016”.
Cachalia went on to say Masina has been deployed to various positions with no real credentials to support his appointment.
“It appears he has been parachuted into positions where his support for Mr Zuma can be leveraged to further the interests of the President and his network,” said the Candidate
Masina through twitter said he has no time for people who are bored and want attention.
“When those misappropriating struggle credentials of their parents, I ignore and focus on the ground,” said Masina.