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The ANC we thought we knew

17 February 2014, 12:00

The ANC that we thought we knew

08 January 2014, marked the 102 years of existence for the African National Congress (ANC), making it the oldest political movement on the African continent.

Despite some of the failures and challenges over the last 20 years, ANC leaders still believe that the party remains only option the people should vote for in the upcoming 07th May 2014 elections.

One cannot dispute that a lot has been achieved since 1994 but one could also argue that a lot more could have achieved.

According to the DA “The ANC spent over R1 billion of taxpayers' money on luxury vehicles, expensive hotels, banquets, advertising and other "wasteful expenditure" between August 2009 and April 2010.The main thrust behind this reporting is the official opposition in the country, the Democratic Alliance (DA), which kept a tally of the expenditure called "The Wasteful Expenditure Monitor".

According to the DA, this money could have:

  • Built 18,574 new RDP houses
  • Funded 7775 teachers for a year

The ANC Northern Cape premier, Sylvia Lucas, in her first 10 weeks in office, spent R53,159.00 of taxpayers money on "fast food" at outlets such as Spur, Nandos, KFC and Wimpy.

Again in analysis, this is a slap in the face of poor people who have been waiting for houses since 1994. ANC calls itself party of the people, but this comes under the spotlight if so much money is wasted instead of fulfilling the promises made when campaigning for elections.

The ANC has also been criticized for failing to prevent the 16 August 2012 massacre of Lonmin miners at Marikana.  The Marikana massacre will forever haunt ANC as long as people like Andries Tatane was shot and no one was arrested. The recent deaths of protesters in communities such as Limpopo and North West. These are some of the things that make people think that this is NO LONGER THE ANC THAT THEY THOUGH THEY KNEW.

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