The battle for the top position in the Gauteng African National Congress (ANC) heats up.
Just like Gauteng MEC for education Panyaza Lesufi, chair of both the ANC in Johannesburg and the South African Local Government Association (Salga), Parks Tau is also gunning for deputy chair of the party in the province.
Also vying for the second top post is economic development MEC Lebogang Maile.
Eusebius McKaiser sits down with Tau and engages him about his record in office when he served as mayor of Johannesburg, his ambitions to be deputy chairperson of the ANC in Gauteng and the chances of the ANC turning around its electoral fortunes.
I want to know whether you share the idea that the ANC was hasty in kicking out Julius Malema and that the entry of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is the dominant explanation for the results in 2016 for the ANC here in Gauteng?— Eusebius McKaiser, Show Host.
Tau says for any organisation to survive and function as an organisation, it needs to preserve the integrity of its organisational processes and the sanctity of organisational discipline.
To the extent that organisational processes were followed to reach a decision of expulsion, it's important that we continue to respect those decisions.— Parks Tau, Chairperson of the ANC in Johannesburg and Chairperson of SALGA
Is it possible that beyond a decision like that, individuals should be allowed to appeal to the organisation and the organisation to seek to rehabilitate them, I think that we need to continue to do that.— Parks Tau, Chairperson of the ANC in Johannesburg and Chairperson of SALGA
But I certainly do not believe that we should simply say that a particular individual should not undergo disciplinary processes when the organisation believes that they should.— Parks Tau, Chairperson of the ANC in Johannesburg and Chairperson of SALGA
All of us should be subject to the discipline of the organisation. Has the EFF had an impact on the electoral outcomes?— Parks Tau, Chairperson of the ANC in Johannesburg and Chairperson of SALGA
They certainly took a significant portion of the ANC vote but we also had a significant number of voters that either stayed away or voted for other parties.— Parks Tau, Chairperson of the ANC in Johannesburg and Chairperson of SALGA
He adds that he doesn't think that now that the people stayed away from voting ANC, they will automatically come back to the ANC.
We need to demonstrate to them why we deserve their vote, ultimately you go to the people and ask for the vote because you deserve it.— Parks Tau, Chairperson of the ANC in Johannesburg and Chairperson of SALGA
Listen below to the full conversation with Parks Tau: