Fears of sabotage in run-up to Mangaung

2012-07-26 22:15

Bloemfontein - There are plans to destabilise, even sabotage, Free State infrastructure before the ANC's national elective conference in Mangaung, Premier Ace Magashule said on Thursday.

"Various reports have been received on plans to destabilise communities, sabotage infrastructure and the provision of services in order to instigate protest action throughout the Free State in the run-up."

The African National Congress would hold its elective conference in December.

Magashule said no damage to infrastructure, disruption of service delivery or education would be tolerated.

Magashule was reacting to service delivery protests in Free State towns and the looting of foreign-owned shops in townships.

On Wednesday, Free State Democratic Alliance leader Roy Jankielsohn said ANC politicians were not willing to confront communities unhappy with them. The most recent protests in Marquard and Harrismith were examples of this.

Jankielsohn said poor service delivery remained an issue and people had legitimate reasons to be unhappy.

The lack of basic services, unresponsive politicians and officials, and lack of action regarding corruption were some of the issues of concern.

However, Jankielsohn said much of the recent protests appeared to be political in nature, related to faction-fighting within the ANC.

However, Magashule said the protests were instigated by those against the ANC, adding that "barbaric, self-serving and destructive behaviour had been identified".

Magashule said various government teams were helping municipalities address their service delivery problems.

"We have emphasised on various occasions that local government is the coalface of service delivery."

The premier urged residents not to get involved with regime change instigators who intended sabotaging government programmes and service delivery.

"People and communities in the Free State, as well as constitutional structures of the ANC, should not allow that the efforts of the ANC-led government are derailed by hooligans and criminals."

  • afrikeni - 2012-07-27 00:27

    Crying sabotage by a politician is like a coal miner complaining that coal is making him dirty. Toughen up u player, the chicken r coming home to roost - seeing conspiracies everywhere!

      mofstok - 2012-07-27 07:26

      Considering the current state of Free State infrastructure, I am very surprised that there is anything left to sabotage. The province has gone to hell in a handbasket under Ace, his excuses are pretty pathetic.

  • stanton.clarke - 2012-07-27 00:37

    LOL for real, when the ANC is doing something, words like sabbotage, protests, disruption, looting, faction fighting, problems and many other negatives always crop up.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-07-27 01:03

    I'd say it's quite possible that there will be disruptions. The conference is just going to be a bunch of hot air where everybody gathers to eat drink and be merry at public expense. Nothing of value will come of it. I wonder what the planned budget is?

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-07-27 01:04

    And then the agents of stupidity go on to vote for the corrupt and useless ANC !!

  • lincoln.nkosi - 2012-07-27 01:10

    Dear Premier Ace Magashule, whilst you are busy getting a good raise our people who are losing jobs and getting peanuts pay are facing the harsh realities of life. Work for the millions you are earning from our taxes and stop making excuses with your empty conspiracy issues. So you say that service delivery is a conspiracy theory, step down baba we don't need you.

      tobydt - 2012-07-27 06:24

      Agree, merely a 'conspiracy' to downplay the protests.

  • joe.smit.547 - 2012-07-27 01:15

    Falling to pieces. Going down like a deck of cards. And yet, the subjects continue to follow.

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-07-27 01:59

    Ah ha! So cANCer knows they're the mother of f-ups and couldn't organise a p-up in a brewery so they're already coming with the excuses. Thieving scum!

  • Billy - 2012-07-27 02:05

    sigh* what ever. just do your job or go

  • piet.boerie - 2012-07-27 04:54

    By whom the Distraction Party. Its not us but them, its the whites not us, its its... FFS take some dam responsibilty for your inability to align your liberation culture with running a country. Man up boys and take responsibity or leave.

  • tobydt - 2012-07-27 06:22

    LOL, so now service-related protests in FS is 'sabotage'... Good one Ace!

  • Henk - 2012-07-27 06:41

    What is left of it you meant.....

  • compos.mentis.58 - 2012-07-27 07:07

    Oh no another bolt in Koeberg statement.

  • Marius Koen - 2012-07-27 07:25

    Nothing that free foodparcels and t- shirts wont solve

  • jannie.kotze.7 - 2012-07-27 07:47

    Typical Chinese propaganda - the MASTERS of the cANCer!

  • lara.vanrooyen.1 - 2012-07-27 07:53

    The only sabotage here is self-sabotage.

  • joe.irwin.50 - 2012-07-27 09:43

    So who does local government answer to Ace? They do not perform their duties mate, unfortunately you lot are no better. It is of little use making excuses, you need to look at yourselves to witness barbaric, self-serving and destructive behaviour.

  • jaun.lombard.9 - 2012-07-27 11:07

    animals! cant think rational!!! O...wait...the government gave them their education!

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