We can't take political power for granted - Muthambi

2016-11-12 17:04
 Faith Muthambi

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Polokwane - Limpopo African National Congress (ANC) provincial executive committee member Faith Muthambi has warned that arrogance and failure to deliver on election promises could cost the ruling party its grip on power.

Addressing Limpopo's ANC local government summit in Polokwane on Saturday, Muthambi said party members in key government positions must advocate for service delivery.

She said the August municipal election was a reminder of the truism that political power waned the minute it was acquired.

"It is not something we can take for granted. Political power is easily lost when we fail to deliver on our electoral promises," she said.
 
"It also gets lost when we are seen to be arrogant and distant from those we swore to serve. In our movement, we have also raised creeping and crippling sins of incumbency such as complacency, factionalism and corruption."
 
The summit was convened to address challenges facing local government, including service delivery failures that have triggered protests.

Muthambi said it was disturbing that municipalities were still returning municipal infrastructure grant funds to Treasury.
 
Delegates were expected to craft new strategies and plans for local economic development that would help create jobs.
 
Procurement expert Prof Douglas Boateng said mayors and municipal managers must hunger and thirst for advancing the life of their people.

He said programs such as Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) had the ability to accelerate social and economic development.

However, he said, BEE had been misunderstood.

"It's not black economic entitlement. It's black economic empowerment because empowerment is sustainable and entitlement is not."

The summit ends on Sunday.

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