Was EFF behind decision to shelve Parks Tau bicycle lane project?

City of Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba has halted a bicycle lane project, saying it would only resume once every road in the city is tarred.

The project, which was initiated by former mayor Parks Tau, intended to make Johannesburg 'Africa's first cycle-friendly megacity.'

702's John Robbie spoke to Tau, who said the move was probably inspired by Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). He said that he will not stop fighting for programmes that are important for urban spaces.

Listen to the interview below:

It certainly seems like they were responding to that [the EFF]. The City of Johannesburg adopted a street policy that ensures that all modes of transport are accessible for all the citizens of Johannesburg.

Parks Tau, former City of Joburg mayor

There's no party with an outright majority, we are still the largest party in the City of Joburg. For every budget, we have to negotiate.

Parks Tau, former City of Joburg mayor

Responding to Tau's comments, Mashaba divulged the reasons behind his decision to divert the R70 million intended for the project.

Listen below to hear his comments:

R70 million has been budgeted for bicycle lanes and I look at people of Alexandra who have taken their cases to the Human Rights Commission.

Herman Mashaba, City of Joburg's new mayor

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