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Major overhaul for municipalities

2011-05-17 08:01

Johannesburg – Co-operative Governance Deputy Minister Yunus Carrim says new legislation which will link the powers of municipalities to their ability to deliver is being prepared, the Business Day reported on Tuesday.

Carrim was speaking at a Helen Suzman Foundation roundtable discussion on local government, where he indicated that a major overhaul of local government structures was on its way.

He said the changes would include increased funding to councils which would be linked to their ability to deliver.

Many district municipalities in poor areas are unable to raise funding to provide services to their communities, and are increasingly dependent on national government grants to fund their operations.

Comments
  • Slapper - 2011-05-17 08:09

    15 years too late. They chose the timing well, but I doubt whether anyone will believe a word coming from an ANC government anymore. If they do, they will surely be let down again

      Jan - 2011-05-17 08:19

      Yup and more funding for what? to pay the office assistant a CEO salary....?

      LP - 2011-05-17 08:21

      Yeah, we'll hear the same thing just before the next election!

      Creeky - 2011-05-17 08:24

      The govt are COPYING what the DA has been implementing for YEARS already!

      Maki - 2011-05-17 08:38

      Great Idea!

      WhiteAfrican - 2011-05-17 08:57

      @Maki: 16 Years to come up with a great idea.??? Damn, you must be exceeding you mental capacity here.

      Mark - 2011-05-17 09:03

      the government knew all along that poor governance is the order of the day but just turn a blind eye. now they act all surprised when its election time. blah, blah blah... nothing will happen after elections

      Jelly - 2011-05-17 09:16

      Only figuring this out now sunshine? Say after me "accountability"... If their powers are gonna be linked to their ability to deliver, they will simply have NO powers:-)

      Barry - 2011-05-17 09:29

      Maki Maki Maki You again We just can`t understand how you think !

      Valis - 2011-05-17 10:04

      frederick777, you're a loony. How on earth does quoting from a primitive Bronze-Age fairytale have any relevance to the real world? Seriously, how can people still believe there's an invisible man in the sky that does magic? Whoo, abracadabra! Seriously, there's no such thing as magic. Let go of your delusions and get a grip on reality.

      G.du Plessis - 2011-05-17 12:29

      It is a good idea. Wish the posters here were not such miseries. Would you rather this not implemented. The DA of course would gain most from this.

      Thandiwe83 - 2011-05-17 12:32

      I agree G.du Plessis. We might get people who can govern like the DA having extra funds and then extra well run services

  • JuluisMalema - 2011-05-17 08:13

    The Leaders of the country supports the police because they are also just as corrupt. The ANC and Police are proud sponsors of crime and corruption and also start killing since 1994. If you vote ANC you also support cime, corruption and murdering. If you are fed up and want change start changing your vote, if not go on support murdering, crime and corruption.......

      JuluisMalema - 2011-05-17 09:04

      Who is steeling all the money, for party's, cars and houses, all the black ANC Leaders. And where is poverty most popular? Yes in black town ships, meanwhile the black leaders and all their friends and family are well off and only looking after them selfes. Poverty increased rapedly after 1994, Apartheid controlled all of that. Apartheid was wrong i know that but get over it, it is gone now and will not happen again, revenge is also wrong. Do not stare blind at the past, look at what is happening in SA now, only a few are benifiting from the ANC. Poverty and job losses increased rapidly since the ANC ruled. Long grass along main road are a common site which was never a case when the NP ruled. Johannesburg roads and sidewalks was tidy and neat all the way under the NP, but what does the streets look like now days. Yes apartheid was wrong i know that I agree 100%, but do you think this is any better now? I do not think so, read the bible about apartheid and about what is happening now in SA there are alot of pieces in the bible about that.

  • anthro45@24.com - 2011-05-17 08:17

    Why not just fire the hole useless lot and get some capable people with brains instead. More funding only means more stealing.

  • saabnut - 2011-05-17 08:18

    "Co-operative Governance Deputy Minister Yunus Carrim says new legislation which will link the powers of municipalities to their ability to deliver..." Yeah right. While the deputy minister spouts this drivel, his corrupt, thieving boss languishes on at taxpayers expense, in definitely (special leave), whilst the ANC lawyers hunt for legal loopholes or a new cadre deployment opportunity for him. A pathetic disgrace, from start to finish!

      Jelly - 2011-05-17 09:20

      @saabnut - Their corrupt asses makes me wanna vomit!!! Just went on the everyrandcounts.co.za and the Zuma mal-administration has lost, stolen, wasted R4 736 350 897-23 thusfar, R4.7 BILLION! Imagine what that money could have done for us ordinary citizens actually paying those taxes? Kots!

      saabnut - 2011-05-17 09:57

      @ Jelly: Need we say more? Sad, is what I call it...

  • Rolie - 2011-05-17 08:18

    BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH!!!!! ALL TALK NO ACTION - VOTE DA FOR A MUCH BETTER FUTURE.

  • Smindlo - 2011-05-17 08:20

    too little too late, you are not going to see my vote this time around. vote DA

      saabnut - 2011-05-17 08:42

      Touche, enlightened Sir!

  • ? - 2011-05-17 08:20

    The ANC is gonna win,sadly ACCEPT it now people

      Creeky - 2011-05-17 08:27

      The ONLY thing the ANC are going to win, is the "Non-Deliverance and Corruption Award"! DA wins the SERVICE DELIVERY AWARD EVERY YEAR!!

      Smaal - 2011-05-17 08:36

      Unfortunately Anonymous is correct but getting one or two seats on the mayoral comity (where all the darkness starts) is an extremely good start and something the ANC wants to avoid at all cost. Next a few seats on the tender comity and this is where you will hurt the ANC with their sticky little fingers.

      ? - 2011-05-17 08:51

      @Smaal, Beating the ANC is a step by step, election by election process,and people need to realise this.

      mikedek - 2011-05-17 08:53

      Unfortunately you are quite correct, but if we all lived with this defeatest attitude we should hand it on a plate to the ANC. The most important issue is to increase the oppositions involvement in local government and where possible to place it in the hands of the DA to run and prove that they have the ability to do so. The town of Knysna (where I do not stay!) is not talking about losing!That is the issue.

      Grayman - 2011-05-17 08:57

      That is a defeatist attitude Mr/Ms Anonymous. If that was the attitude taken by the Capetonains at the last elections they wouldn't have won. The most encouraging thing that I have seen come out of this election is that the majority are starting to wake up to the real working of democracy and they ARE able to make a difference with their vote. What remains to be seen is how the ANC react to the swing in the vote. Will they deliver on their promises (I'm not holding my breath, so far in 17 years they haven't) or will they merely be another chapter in Animal Farm?

      Thabo Matwabeng - 2011-05-17 08:57

      They will win this election. And probably the next. After that? The work we do from today onwards will decide the future and that holds true even for the ANC. If they do not deliver they will be removed from power.

      GrimReaper10 - 2011-05-17 10:00

      Dont feed the trolls

      HCrouse - 2011-05-17 13:17

      @smaal - that's exactly it. Once you have a couple of eyes on the ball, they'll have to try much harder to get away with their shenanigans. Some might even be inspired to turn to the light. I know for a fact there are a lot of people in the ANC just going with the flow, because to make a noise, to object is not a very good career move.

  • Geo Farmer - 2011-05-17 08:22

    TOO LATE ANC!!! Stand aside and let the DA show you how to govern.

  • Tenielle Parker - 2011-05-17 08:24

    As if they actually give two shits about service delivery...too little too late, sorry. At this point anything you do just makes you look desperate to win votes.

  • Peacock - 2011-05-17 08:25

    Far Far too late. Will they also get back all the money that was stolen by those Sh*t Heads who failed on the service levels and then shouted "it's the white fault " and blamed it on Apartheid ?

  • Sean - 2011-05-17 08:28

    Promises Promises= Hot AIR.

  • MeltdowN - 2011-05-17 08:29

    BWAAHAHAHA!!! TOO LATE YOU DOoOoOSHBAGS!!!!!

  • kathleen - 2011-05-17 08:34

    Excitement before the elections. From Thursday all back to normal. The ANC will be firmly in place. Multiple unemployed, starving, people will be sitting on the side of pavements waiting for a work oppourtunity. People will be begging at robots. Various riots, strikes and protests will take place well into August/September. The ANC fat cats will be parying and spending a couple million rand "justifiably" on these parties... the poor people living in shacks will still be in their shacks with rocks to hold their roofs down..... sadly till the end of time, BECAUSE, the mentality of these people cannot extend further than it should, they can be sold a cow and told each morning when they wake up the cow will have given birth to a calf and fresh milk will be in bottles at their doorstep, just waiting to be drank. Their sheer numbers and their inability to think for themselves means on Thursday their suffering will be in place, and be there till the end of time!. So sad.

      Maki - 2011-05-17 08:40

      ANC leadership and Starvation have nothing to do with each other. Poverty is a direct result of apartheid, which we are trying to solve.

      JuluisMalema - 2011-05-17 09:04

      Maki who is steeling all the money, for party's, cars and houses, all the black ANC Leaders. And where is poverty most popular? Yes in black town ships, meanwhile the black leaders and all their friends and family are well off and only looking after them selfes. Poverty increased rapedly after 1994, Apartheid controlled all of that. Apartheid was wrong i know that but get over it, it is gone now and will not happen again, revenge is also wrong. Do not stare blind at the past, look at what is happening in SA now, only a few are benifiting from the ANC. Poverty and job losses increased rapidly since the ANC ruled. Long grass along main road are a common site which was never a case when the NP ruled. Johannesburg roads and sidewalks was tidy and neat all the way under the NP, but what does the streets look like now days. Yes apartheid was wrong i know that I agree 100%, but do you think this is any better now? I do not think so, read the bible about apartheid and about what is happening now in SA there are alot of pieces in the bible about that.

      Nkulekweni - 2011-05-17 10:05

      Hence the need for the ruling party to keep people in ignorance. Deny them the tools that will enable them to take full cognisance of their situation..an education that teaches critical thinking. Can you blame a person who has been taught under a tree without books 17 years after apartheid, who has no access to information except that brought to him by ANC, who has not read of alternatives, who truly does not understand what democracy means? How many times have I heard over the past two weeks people saying they won't vote because the ANC does not deliver? How can these people truly not know their power to change things... It suits the ruling party to keep most of us ignorant of the true meaning of democracy.

      Sho Fukamachi - 2011-05-17 12:58

      @Maki No, poverty is the result of lazy ANC clowns who steal from tax payers, instead of investing that money in the poor. You being one of the clowns.

      maseratifitt - 2011-05-17 14:37

      "Poverty is a direct result of apartheid, which we are trying to solve". Very interesting concept, Maki, solving history. I always thought it is the only permanent thing on earth.

  • Maki - 2011-05-17 08:36

    Tomorrow is the big day. To all the DA supporters, please do not spend your wealth employing homeless people to disrupt voting stations like last time. We know your sneaky tricks and we will catch you. To all the traitors at cope, it is not too late to mend your deviant ways. IFP supporters, Being Zulu is not a reason to vote IFP. If you think it is then remember that Comrade Zuma is a very proud Zulu Man. To the freedom front - A brighter whiter future beckons in New Zealand. Mind the earthquakes. To the ACDP - Politics and religion should not mix. To the ANC : Remember that you owe it to Madiba and Oliver Thambo to get up, stand in a line and do your vote. You can Braai and Soccer after you have voted! To everyone who does not vote - Shame on you. Enjoy your democracy and let the best party win.

      El Cid - 2011-05-17 08:42

      Amen to that

      kathleen - 2011-05-17 08:45

      The ONLY people that should vote ANC, are people who HAVE received some upliftment over the past couple of years.....that in my opinion is only about a handful of people. Living in suburbs, driving nice cars, sending their children to private shools etc. The MAJORITY of people, still live in despicable conditions, with little or no access to schools, hospitals, clinics etc. So you Maki, are living good??. Why sacrifice your life holding on waiting for something that is never going to come in your life time while the ANC is in power. They know time after time, all they had to do was promise, and you then faithfully went to vote for them. Their first election the promises on all poles were "HOUSES, HOUSES, CARS, CARS, JOBS JOBS" If you have NOT received yet... you aint ever going to receive from the ANC!!!>

      saabnut - 2011-05-17 08:47

      "You can Braai and Soccer after you have voted!" Wow- If you was learning to spke better English, maybe your other brain cell would becreep you from beafter!

      saabnut - 2011-05-17 08:48

      Oh yes, and I hope you are proud of the insensitive earthquake chirp. These forums are one thing, but trivialising death and personal tragedy is offsides. How would you respond to a similarly offensive remark about the passing of one of your struggle heroes?

      mikedek - 2011-05-17 09:02

      Time that you stopped voting for Oliver Tambo and Madiba. Their views and principle the majority of South Africans supported. You are voting for the current government who have forgotten or mislaid these principles.Get the Anc back to those principles and start living them and we would also be behind them. See that you were not able to pass a constructive "negative" comment on the DA? Your comment is in fact an assumption! Try again

      tootsie - 2011-05-17 09:03

      @saabnut. What the hell is "If you was learning to spke better English, maybe your other brain cell would becreep you from beafter!". Your grammar, sentence structure and spelling are pathetic. Stick to the real issues and stop being the 'English teacher'. You suck at it!!

      SSRat - 2011-05-17 09:10

      To Maki: Look around fool, there is no Democracy in Africa. The movie Independance Day says it all for me: The President of the USA asks the alien in the laboratory if there can be peace. The alien says "no peace". The Press then asks: "What is it that you want us to do?" The alien responds with one word: "DIE!" The black man in Africa wants the white man dead! There is no middle road for the black man, he has no compassion, no remorse and no code. Your leaders are singing that they want to kill me, there is nothing to say beyond that. This place is f***ed!

      ESTIE - 2011-05-17 09:12

      VIVA ANC VIVA

      Rapier - 2011-05-17 09:13

      @Maki - Indolence = "Inactivity resulting from a dislike of work" = no money. JZ promises: 500 000 jobs at first - nothing happened. Now, with this election, he promises 5 000 000 jobs. Nothing happens. THAT is not Apartheid my friend. It is pathetic governance and poor policies to create the right climate for businesses to open, flourish and employ people. Apartheid in reverse is now in force, and do those whities affected NOW complain? NO! They get on with their lives, and WORK. Even if that means scratching out a living - by making sweets, cakes, form the little they have, and selling them. That is not easy, but it is a start - another one is to grow veggies and resell them locally. What do you think all these strikes and "Public Holidays" are costing the country? The ANC did away with the Apprenticeship schemes (now, belatedly they are bringing them back) they did away with Nurses & Teachers Training Colleges...why? You need only look at what they have done in Singapore, especially in the last 17 years for training. The ANC could make Army/Navy/Air Force service compulsory - the Air Force is LOOKING for recruits right now. The people in the forces could be educated, BIG TIME in juts two years. If IT technology was properly used to reach ALL the rural areas, training could be extended to EVERYBODY from a central point by expert teachers. Another example is to start on the West Coast, and excavate a Canal, and then, every 50 Km, to start a settlement (not unlike a Kibbutz)

      greentomato - 2011-05-17 09:14

      This is the reason i am Voting DA.

      kalabafazi@24.com - 2011-05-17 09:15

      Braai and soccer - 2 past times introduced by the coloniasts.

      Chewbacca - 2011-05-17 09:16

      @tootsie - understand sarcasm much?

      anthro45@24.com - 2011-05-17 09:19

      Maki, you are a twat and Zuma is a twat.

      PB - 2011-05-17 09:20

      @tootsie It is called witty/sarcasm/a joke, but one needs some IQ to get that...

      saabnut - 2011-05-17 09:21

      @ tootsie: Please accept my humblest apology for having allowed my command, or lack therof perceived by you, of the English vernacular to offend you. Should you wish to debate further the benefits and pitfalls of cynicism and sarcasm, please feel free to subscribe to a specialist online linguisitic forum, which conveys sentiment pertinently and accurately at all times. Take care, superior being...

      tootsie - 2011-05-17 09:48

      @saabnut. I absolutely get what you were trying to convey. The issue is that you were taking issues with his writing while at the same time you also have grammar problems. This is what you typed - "If you was learning to spke better English". It's just wrong. You don't say "you was". I'll assume 'spke' is sms lingo for 'speak'.

      saabnut - 2011-05-17 09:59

      Back to tootsie: All I were trying to done was taught him to spoke gooder gramma...

      steve - 2011-05-17 10:15

      Where's your brain double digit,when Zuma came to power he promised a million jobs, up until now there have only been job losses, take the diamond industry for example a few years ago their were 5000 jobs now there are 600, why because of corruption and huge incompetance looks like you're either on the take or voting to export more jobs.

      Yellow1 - 2011-05-17 11:30

      Rest assured Maki, thats what we are going to do. Wake up and go to vote teh ANC back into power. There's lot that still needs to be done for our people and our country. I dont care what they say, corruption whcih I see, but I am still voting ANC because the delivery weighs more than the corrupt people and most of them are being arrested and their assets seized. If thats not fighting corruption, they go and confuse those highly educated people.

  • Nikkelb - 2011-05-17 08:39

    Hau - maybe the ANCestors whispered in Carrim's ear.. Da earth...he was shaking yesterday... eish!!!

  • El Cid - 2011-05-17 08:41

    Not to worry, the DA will sort this out soon.

  • spook ghost - 2011-05-17 08:43

    The timing of this announcement is a joke, on the eve of elections. What a BS story. To little, too late cANCer.

  • crocoros - 2011-05-17 08:45

    @slapper - I agree with you one hundred and fifty percent. After the elections it will all fall by the wayside. Zuma is not a President in the true sense. Those coaught with their hands in the cookie jar gets suspended for God knows how long with a full salary. Life couldn't be better for the criminals in Government. What is actually happening with Cheryl Cwele? Surely her husband should have been told to resign. Which criminal would not want to work for the ANC. This elections for the ANC is a race for job applications as to who can steal and be more corrupt.

  • Susannomore - 2011-05-17 08:46

    This makes sense and those of us that are luck enough to still have jobs in this county are bound to this with performance contracts. Why should Municipalities be any different. As long as it is truthful and transparent...

  • Podgette - 2011-05-17 08:46

    Talk is cheap, the govt should have been doing this all along to KEEP their voters. Guaranteed that none of these promises will materialise after the election if they win

      maseratifitt - 2011-05-17 14:25

      Guaranteed they will, but with totally different results as to what most would expect. This is a very,very clever plan.

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  • Clinton - 2011-05-17 08:53

    Increased funding only means more money to steal and where do they plan to get this "increased funding" from. I mean apparently the government and munisipalities are already struggling to pay suppliers because of a lack of funding not to mention that if said munisipality gets a million rand budget then you can be sure that at least half of it will be siphoned away by corrupt officials, advisors and mayors. The problem people is not the funds, its the people that is entrusted to manage them. They just cant be trusted with millions of rands.

  • Thabo Matwabeng - 2011-05-17 08:54

    This is taken from the 2006 ANC election manifesto. What is different this time round? Is this promise for change not an admission that they've failed?: "I stand to serve the community. I solemnly declare that I stand to be elected as a representative of my community, without motives of material advantage or personal gain. As a councillor of the ANC I will place my energies and skills at the disposal of my community, and carry out the tasks given to me. I will work side by side with the whole community as we strive to build a better life for all South Africans I will fight against corruption in any guise or form. I will listen to the views of the community and hold a public meeting with all community members to report back on my work, at least four times a year. I will live in the community that has elected me. I will do my best to build and develop my community. I will uphold the policies of my organisation, the African National Congress."

      Rapier - 2011-05-17 09:22

      Interesting Thabo, and I agree that it may well be an admission of failure as you suggest. In fact, just the seemingly innocuous words "I will" should be of concern, especially after 17 failed years in office. I would rather be hearing in their place, the words "I AM" and then from another party we can really trust......and which one is that? Based on ACTUAL performance the evidence strongly suggests the DA is the frontrunner here.

      greentomato - 2011-05-17 09:23

      I wonder Thabo, how many of these commitments were met? That would be interesting.

      kalabafazi@24.com - 2011-05-17 09:43

      Imight even vote for the ANC if they could only stand by their manifesto. However looking around me I suggest that the manifesto be entered into a poetry competition for that's all it is really worth.

      maseratifitt - 2011-05-17 14:22

      The ANC sees itself as a "brand", like Coca Cola. This manifesto is just a marketing tool. The ANC has proven that their primary interest lies in the promotion of the "brand". The needs of South Africa is secondary.

  • kathleen - 2011-05-17 08:54

    @Maki you say: ANC leadership and Starvation have nothing to do with each other. Poverty is a direct result of apartheid, which we are trying to solve." Oh my word, in that case, please call it a day, there is then no hope for you guys whatsoever.... exactly what I said, on Thursday and that day forward, the poor will still be poor they will still be in shacks, still holding their roofs down with big rocks... and and. See you sheer statment proves... you cannot think!

      Clinton - 2011-05-17 09:19

      Kathleen, I do agree with Maki in some form that poverty is an apartheid hangover, but, if the ANC thinks that is the only reason then they are surely sitting with their heads in the sand. No action against Mugabe 10 years ago meant a exodus of Zim unemployed people pouring into SA putting more pressure on our local econimy. The blind look at corruption, upgrading ministers and residence. Bying new property and houses for ministers who do not want to stay in those that has been made available for them. Lavish parties. Bying of expensive vehicles. Taking pay hikes left right and centre. Contributing to the death of our local manufacturing industries by applying rightfully stern measures on labor and working conditions yet allowing foreighn countries whom basicly rely on child labor/slave labor to export their cheap products to us and then questioning why our local companies cant compete with this? Building multimillions rands of projects in the middle of no where when the money could of been used to help fight poverty. Allowing criminals whom donate money to THE ANC to keep on conducting their shady biz deals even if it does effect our country negativly. I can go on. Point being Maki, that yes apartheid had a part in contributing to poverty, but the current ruling party is not doing enough to try and reverse this, infact they are only making it worse. So before you blame everything on the apartheid era try and think a bit further than what you want to see or hear.

  • harry lime - 2011-05-17 08:55

    The most ironical thing about this comment is that it is the same speech that Zuma gave when he became President and if you all remember he said that he would stop corruption amongst the ANC politians. But true to form he has done nothing about corruption amongst ministers and parlimentarians in fact it has got worse under his watch. So I am afaid that the municipality councilars are not shaking in thier boots because they know that this President is ineffectual and so nothing will happen to them and so they do not care what he says. BUSINESS AS USUAL ON THURSDAY

      Nkulekweni - 2011-05-17 09:57

      They say set a thief to catch a thief...in Zuma's case you have to wonder how a leader of corruption can stamp out corruption when he is leader because of corruption

  • Bill - 2011-05-17 09:02

    what utter balderdash!! this ANC government has had plans for the last 17 years and none, yes none have worked!!as Margaret Thatcher so aptly said many years ago, if you think that the ANC can govern South Africa, you live in cloud cuckooland! Moeletsi Mbeki agrees!!in fact he quoted her statement some weeks ago!and this has got nothing to do with race, for those that suddenly want to play the racial card!! the ANC in its current form is morally, emotionally, intellectually empty!!

  • WoodworkPh.D - 2011-05-17 09:07

    And you need legislation for THAT!!! WTF.

  • greentomato - 2011-05-17 09:08

    It is a write off, no overhauling is going to help. Get a new one!

  • kalabafazi@24.com - 2011-05-17 09:10

    I read it as: " He said the changes would include increased funding to councils which would be used to upgrade their fleet og aging BMWS, Mercedes Benzes and Range Rovers"

      kathleen - 2011-05-17 09:24

      Ummm you missed the part that said, all Municipal offices will be getting new coffee machine too, ones that can make Caffe Latte, with or without cream.... just to make the lives of these people a little easier!.

      kalabafazi@24.com - 2011-05-17 09:32

      True Kathleen - We could draw up a list but News24 only allows me 1500 characters:)

  • Jelly - 2011-05-17 09:15

    Only figuring this out now sunshine? Say after me "accountability"... If their powers are gonna be linked to their ability to deliver, they will simply have NO powers:-)

  • steve - 2011-05-17 09:18

    If this lot tried to find jobs in any civilized country, Im afraid they would all end up as laborers or working in the garden.

      Pieter Wolf - 2011-05-17 09:25

      And steal all the tools.

  • greentomato - 2011-05-17 09:20

    The ANC thrives on weak leadership. They are frightened of the DA because they are transparent and actually get things done. If the ANC attempted this they would have to fire all the lazy good for nothing cadre deployed morons who couldn't run a bath.

  • frederick777 - 2011-05-17 09:23

    OVER FIVE MILLION REASONS WHY I WILL NOT BE VOTING ANC There are over five million reasons why I will not be voting for the African National Congress (ANC) in the upcoming elections on 18 May 2011: 1. Over one million babies have been killed by abortion in South Africa - officially, legally, often with tax payers' money - since the ANC legalized abortion-on-demand, 1 February 1997. "Deliver those who are drawn toward death. And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter." Proverbs 24:11 2. Over 500,000 people have been murdered in South Africa since 1994 - under the ANC government - yet the ANC has steadfastly refused to consider re-instating the death penalty for murder. Nor have they been willing to put the matter to a referendum. "Bloodshed pollutes the land and atonement cannot be made for the land on which blood has been shed, except by the blood of the one who shed it." Numbers 35:33 3. Over one million women and children have been raped in the 17 years of ANC rule (and that is just using the reported rape statistics) - while pornography has been legalised. Reportedly, less than 7% of reported rapes result in convictions. "Why do people commit crimes so readily? Because crime is not punished quickly enough." Ecclesiastes 8:11 4. The ANC is soft on the criminals and hard on the victims of crime. Rather than fight crime effectively, the ANC have worked to disarm the potential victims of crime, denying firearm licenses to tens of thousands of law abiding citizens, and claiming that self-defence is not a legitimate reason for owning a firearm! Rather than support community initiatives to fight crime, the ANC have frustrated communities by demanding that security barriers be removed from crime-afflicted suburbs. "Stop doing wrong, learn to do right! Seek justice." Isaiah 1:16-17 5. The ANC's Ministry of Education has evidenced a generally hostile attitude to Christianity, insensitivity to the concerns of parents and prejudice against the Bible. Kadar Asmal's anti-Christian policies and the unworkable Outcomes Based Education curriculum 2005, dumbed-down education and turned government schools into recruitment centres for radical homosexual groups. "My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge." Hosea 4:6 6. The ANC's Affirmative Action, Black Economic Empowerment and blind support for Mugabe's racist and tyrannical policies have chased away investors and cost the South African economy millions of jobs. According to the JSE, the net worth of South Africa over the first 10 years of ANC rule shrunk by over 30%. And the Rand under the ANC has plummeted from R2 to the US dollar to R7 to $1. "Do not use dishonest standards...Use honest scales and honest weights...I am the Lord your God." Leviticus 19:35-36 7. Rates and taxes are higher and government services are lower. Despite increased rates and taxes the filthy, litter strewn, graffiti-vandalised communities testify to the incompetence of government. "You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting..." Daniel 5:27 8. Corruption has flourished under the ANC to such an extent that the ANC is being referred to in the streets as the Abortion, Nepotism and Corruption party. "They claim to know God but by their actions they deny Him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good." Titus 1:16 9. The endless propaganda and pornographic programmes on state TV - which is supported by compulsory "licences". "Who will rise up for Me against the wicked? Who will take a stand for Me against evildoers?" Psalm 94:16 10. The arrogance of so many in the ANC and the arbitrary manner in which they ride roughshod over the concerns and freedoms of others - such as the Minister of Health refusing to meet over a thousand concerned doctors; and how their ICASA has attempted to close down many Christian and community radio stations in South Africa. "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people." Proverbs 14:34 The Bible instructs us to "select capable men from all the people - men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain - and appoint them as officials..." Exodus 18:21 Evidently ANC candidates fail to qualify on Biblical grounds. Mobilise Your Congregation to Think Before They Ink! The South African Biblical Issues Voters' Guide aims to inform Christians about the different political parties' track record and policies on pro-life, pro-family, and free enterprise issues.

      Nkulekweni - 2011-05-17 09:55

      This is a country for all races and all religions. Moslems, Christians, Jews, Hindus and all other denominations have a right to be here and to be heard. Atheists also have a right to be heard. Rather let us talk about human rights which encode the right of every living being to live a fruitful, safe, productive and respected life. If you quote the bible you are no different from Zuma who is quoting the bible to bring fear to people so that they continue voting for corruption.

      Felix - 2011-05-17 11:06

      Nkulekweni, I like you more and more with each post I read.

  • MacDaKnife - 2011-05-17 09:26

    What percentage of this funding is allocated to corruption as is the norm today.

  • PaulChinchen - 2011-05-17 09:31

    Ons moet net B I D vir die ANC i.e. Bring It Down! LOL

  • Santapola - 2011-05-17 09:31

    15 or 17 years i can imagine...but what did the white government do in those 100 years? nothing...oppresing my black people..sick

      Nkulekweni - 2011-05-17 09:50

      Its not abour race. It is about SOuth Africa. Do you love your country or not? If you don't then you will continue voting for corruption, filthy cities, poor education and living conditions for black people. What the apartheid government did to the majority of the people of this country is totally reprehensible. What the ANC is doing is more than wrong because people had hope for change from an oppressive, dehumanising apartheid regime and all they are getting the same old same old. Free yourself mentally and free this country politiaclly and economically. Vote for change. Unless of course your family is benefiting from this corrupt system and you are happy living behind tall electric fences to keep teh poor majority out of your life.

      maseratifitt - 2011-05-17 14:15

      What is the colour of brainwash? Your ANC masters will be pleased with the results you show.

  • Sarcastic - 2011-05-17 09:34

    Can someone please explain the following to me: when the DA wins control of corrupt municipalities, they obviously take over running with existing debt in place. How are they going to reverse the damage to quickly and efficiently, counter the debt issue and focus on delivery? It's obviarse the ANC will be quick to point out non delivery inspite of the ANC imbeciles who created the problem in the first place.

      greentomato - 2011-05-17 11:04

      Sarcastic. The Municipalities receive a budget every year and along with that there is debt collection, as in water, light, rates etc which if managed properly will result in an effectively run entity. In layman's terms the DA won't buy fancy cars and will deliver services instead. It is really quite simple and not that difficult to understand, see Cape Town municipality for clarification.

  • maseratifitt - 2011-05-17 09:37

    This is going in the wrong direction. The needs of the people are independent of the politically appointed municipality's ability to deliver. Party politicians are more interested in their own and party affairs than in the needs of the people. This can also turn into a "party war" at the cost of the people, when the ruling party withholds funds from an opposition run municipality on the grounds of a trumped up "ability to perform" argument. Municipalities must be depoliticized. They don't need politicians-just good managers and workers, which should be appointed locally without political interference.

  • Truth24 - 2011-05-17 09:39

    Too little too late. You shall reap what you sow.

  • greentomato - 2011-05-17 09:44

    In response to Maki. Where have you been the past 18 years dude? Apartheid is long gone, realise that. We had a referendum and the majority of white people declared it redundant. We held elections for all and the ANC was handed the responsibility to govern, which they have been doing for 18 years. There was no civil war, it was a peaceful process and all agreed to be part of the rainbow nation. I apologies if this is not clear enough for you, but apartheid does not exist anymore. If this was the case the Japanese would still be sitting in a bomb craters whinging and moaning instead of being one of the biggest economies in the world. Get on with it and stop blaming the past. We cannot build a South Africa that holds onto it's bitter past.

      Michael - 2011-05-17 10:07

      America has been liberated for over decades and is still suffering colonial era. You think by having franchise in elections things just change overnight? You should be nuts!!! Who controls the capital? Visit JSE bulletins. Who still dominate senior management of private sector? I can pose million questions but the answers will still point to the fact that the capital is and will still remain in white hands for some years.

      maseratifitt - 2011-05-17 14:12

      It is in South African's hands. You want it in Chinese hands?

  • Nkulekweni - 2011-05-17 09:45

    Maki Please use your brain, not your race to think. You are one of those who are of shame to the black race. How can you defend the indefensible. Or is your family benefiting from the corruption that is wrecking this country..

      saabnut - 2011-05-17 10:02

      Well said, fellow South African...

  • Mumsy_Dear - 2011-05-17 09:52

    Yada, yada, yada......blah, blah, blah.... Lip service before the elections....

  • burtfred - 2011-05-17 10:20

    interesting to note that the communist Yunus Carrrim made these promises at the Helen Suzman Foundation. How can anyone believe a promise from a communist?

  • jetski - 2011-05-17 10:33

    And it took 17 years for the brain surgeons at ANC to figure this out? Wow!. We look forward to another 17 years of absolute inspiration from the ANC.There are thousands of competent municipal managers and engineers.. Only one small wrinkle dinkle..., they are white men, who according to ANC are not wanted or valued. So ANC rockets scientists, because of racism and not utilising all the skills in our country, you have shot yourself in the foot!. Talk about incredible stupidity. The solution is right in front of your ANC face , but you are too racist and arrogant to see it. You deserve everything you get. The difference between the ANC and National Party is zero

  • DeonL - 2011-05-17 10:45

    More rules for some municipalties to ignore. Time is finished for talking, action is needed. Send people to Cape Town to learn how it is done.

  • jetski - 2011-05-17 10:46

    Jacob Zumas Priorities 1. Jacob Zuma 2. Jacob Zuma and my wealth creation plan 3. Wife 1 4. Wife 2 5. Wife 3 6. Wife 4 7. Other wives 8. Other Girlfreinds 9. My kids 10. ANC 11. My tribe 12. My freinds 13. My business partners 14. My waistline 15. My house /s 16. My car /s 17. Other African countries 18. Other countries outside africa 19. My golf swing 20. Parties 21. Beer 21. South Africa

      maseratifitt - 2011-05-17 11:05

      Very good, jetski. This puts things in perspective. Don't you think his dance moves and his machine gun should feature somewhere?

  • bev18 - 2011-05-17 10:54

    Rubbish.............they have had the funds, they spend it on themselves.......

  • greentomato - 2011-05-17 10:57

    If the ANC need any help with this i am sure the Toyi Toying Helen will be more than happy to assist. That being the case what do we need the ANC for then, just give the job to the DA.

  • frederick777 - 2011-05-17 10:58

    OVER FIVE MILLION REASONS WHY I WILL NOT BE VOTING ANC There are over five million reasons why I will not be voting for the African National Congress (ANC) in the upcoming elections on 18 May 2011: 1. Over one million babies have been killed by abortion in South Africa - officially, legally, often with tax payers' money - since the ANC legalized abortion-on-demand, 1 February 1997. "Deliver those who are drawn toward death. And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter." Proverbs 24:11 2. Over 500,000 people have been murdered in South Africa since 1994 - under the ANC government - yet the ANC has steadfastly refused to consider re-instating the death penalty for murder. Nor have they been willing to put the matter to a referendum. "Bloodshed pollutes the land and atonement cannot be made for the land on which blood has been shed, except by the blood of the one who shed it." Numbers 35:33 3. Over one million women and children have been raped in the 17 years of ANC rule (and that is just using the reported rape statistics) - while pornography has been legalised. Reportedly, less than 7% of reported rapes result in convictions. "Why do people commit crimes so readily? Because crime is not punished quickly enough." Ecclesiastes 8:11 4. The ANC is soft on the criminals and hard on the victims of crime. Rather than fight crime effectively, the ANC have worked to disarm the potential victims of crime, denying firearm licenses to tens of thousands of law abiding citizens, and claiming that self-defence is not a legitimate reason for owning a firearm! Rather than support community initiatives to fight crime, the ANC have frustrated communities by demanding that security barriers be removed from crime-afflicted suburbs. "Stop doing wrong, learn to do right! Seek justice." Isaiah 1:16-17 5. The ANC's Ministry of Education has evidenced a generally hostile attitude to Christianity, insensitivity to the concerns of parents and prejudice against the Bible. Kadar Asmal's anti-Christian policies and the unworkable Outcomes Based Education curriculum 2005, dumbed-down education and turned government schools into recruitment centres for radical homosexual groups. "My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge." Hosea 4:6 6. The ANC's Affirmative Action, Black Economic Empowerment and blind support for Mugabe's racist and tyrannical policies have chased away investors and cost the South African economy millions of jobs. According to the JSE, the net worth of South Africa over the first 10 years of ANC rule shrunk by over 30%. And the Rand under the ANC has plummeted from R2 to the US dollar to R7 to $1. "Do not use dishonest standards...Use honest scales and honest weights...I am the Lord your God." Leviticus 19:35-36 7. Rates and taxes are higher and government services are lower. Despite increased rates and taxes the filthy, litter strewn, graffiti-vandalised communities testify to the incompetence of government. "You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting..." Daniel 5:27 8. Corruption has flourished under the ANC to such an extent that the ANC is being referred to in the streets as the Abortion, Nepotism and Corruption party. "They claim to know God but by their actions they deny Him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good." Titus 1:16 9. The endless propaganda and pornographic programmes on state TV - which is supported by compulsory "licences". "Who will rise up for Me against the wicked? Who will take a stand for Me against evildoers?" Psalm 94:16 10. The arrogance of so many in the ANC and the arbitrary manner in which they ride roughshod over the concerns and freedoms of others - such as the Minister of Health refusing to meet over a thousand concerned doctors; and how their ICASA has attempted to close down many Christian and community radio stations in South Africa. "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people." Proverbs 14:34 The Bible instructs us to "select capable men from all the people - men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain - and appoint them as officials..." Exodus 18:21 Evidently ANC candidates fail to qualify on Biblical grounds. Mobilise Your Congregation to Think Before They Ink! The South African Biblical Issues Voters' Guide aims to inform Christians about the different political parties' track record and policies on pro-life, pro-family, and free enterprise issues. The 2011 Voters' Guide is downloadable from www.savotersguide.com in English, Afrikaans, Xhosa and Zulu. Contact us for quantities to distribute to your congregation, friends, family, or colleagues.

      nic - 2011-05-17 12:25

      hang on a sec here... you are anti abortion, but pro capital punishment? You gotta explain the double standards here. Dont get me wrong, the current government make me sick to my stomach with nearly everything they do.... but I don't understand how you can support one and not the other?

  • maseratifitt - 2011-05-17 11:32

    Reading through the comments I notice that even some of our regular commentators are fooled. Looks good on the surface, doesn't it? But let us have a look at the most likely effects of this proposed legislation: Government (ANC) will have a stronger influence over municipalities. They will be able to manipulate funding and withhold funds from opposition held municipalities, thus ensuring under-performance and dissatisfaction of the people. This is a very handy tool to accelerate the move towards a one party state. My perception is that the ANC realised it was losing ground as a result of being shown up by the opposition and came up with this plan, which sounds very rational and reasonable, to expand power and neutralise the opposition. Municipalities should be focussed on the delivery of services to its communities. If central government funding is required, it should be based on the needs of the people, not on the "ability" of the politically appointed municipal authorities. Municipalities should not be politicized. Ideally they should also not be dependent on central government funding. There are other ways: eg taxes like VAT and fuel levies(currently +- 50% of pump price)in the area could go to Municipalities. The ANC merely seeks to make everyone more dependent on them, so they can expand their "power" and continue their pillage with impunity.

      piet.strydom - 2011-05-17 20:09

      Well spotted!!