ANC infighting derails service delivery – Holomisa

2012-04-04 12:03

Infighting within the governing ANC has derailed service delivery in favour of the struggle for power, said United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa.

“The attention of the electorate is constantly diverted away from assessing the real performance of government to discussing the ruling party’s endless succession debate,” he said in a statement today.

“While this happens, the looting of state resources unabatedly continues.”

Holomisa said the same thing happened in the run-up to the party’s elective conference in Polokwane, Limpopo, in 2007. “Service delivery was handicapped by the ruling party’s infighting.

“The (former president Thabo) Mbeki vs (President Jacob) Zuma saga played itself out in ways that incessantly whittled away the foundations of our democratic dispensation.”

Infighting in the governing party had taken a turn for the worse.

Holomisa’s statement followed an ANC press briefing yesterday at which its top-six officials said the party was united.

Zuma, deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe, chairperson Baleka Mbete, treasurer-general Mathews Phosa, secretary-general Gwede Mantashe and deputy secretary-general Thandi Modise addressed members of the media in Johannesburg as a collective.

Holomisa said allowing one political party to be too powerful and dominant created an arrogant government.

“Bearing this in mind, has the time not come for the South African voters to consider putting their eggs in other baskets?” he asked.

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