DA vows to defend name

2015-04-30 16:13

THE DA in the Free State has vowed to defend the name of the Free State, the Vrystaat and Foreisetata with whatever it takes. This followed the proposal by the MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Mathabo Leeto, in the legislature on 20 March that the name of the province should be changed.

“It seems MEC Leeto is desperate for relevance,” said Roy Jankielsohn, the DA’s leader in the Free State.

“Instead of advancing sport, arts and our cultural heritage as tools for nation building and empowerment, especially amongst the youth, she is obsessed with cosmetic issues like name changes. This proposal seeks to hide the rampant levels of corruption, poor governance and deteriora­ting levels of service delivery of the ANC-led government in the province. While the DA supports the use of name changes in the spirit of nation building and reconciliation, we cannot support the abuse of name changes to serve only the interests of the current leading ANC faction,” said Jankielsohn.

He has lamented the huge financial cost of the name change. “Funds could be better utilised in funding programmes to improve the province’s economic outlook and fixing the financial mess within the Departments of Health and Education. The financial cost of unintended consequences would be astronomical. The Free State is on the verge of a financial crisis and a systematic collapse of governance at a local level. Municipalities are increasingly unable to deliver basic services. We have repeatedly stated that Premier Ace Magashule’s government should start to focus on the critical issues in the province, and apply funds accordingly, instead of wasting the people’s money on ‘nice-to-haves’ like luxury gala dinners and expensive international trips to Cuba,” said Jankielsohn

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