Holomisa: ANC infighting derails delivery

2012-04-04 12:52

Johannesburg - Infighting within the ANC has derailed service delivery in favour of the struggle for power, United Democratic Movement president Bantu Holomisa said on Wednesday.

"The attention of the electorate is constantly diverted away from assessing the real performance of government to discussing the ruling party's endless succession debate," Holomisa said in a statement.

"While this happens, the looting of state resources unabatedly continues."

He said the same thing happened in the run up to the ANC's conference in Polokwane in 2007.

"Service delivery was handicapped by the ruling party's infighting.

"The [former president Thabo] Mbeki vs [President Jacob] Zuma saga played itself out in ways that incessantly whittled away the foundations of our democratic dispensation," said Holomisa.

Infighting in the ruling party had taken a turn for the worse, the UDM leader said.

Holomisa's statement followed an ANC press briefing on Tuesday at which top officials said the party was united.

Zuma, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, ANC treasurer general Mathews Phosa, national chairperson Baleka Mbete, secretary general Gwede Mantashe and deputy secretary general Thandi Modise addressed the media at Luthuli House in Johannesburg as a collective.

Holomisa said allowing one political party to be too powerful and dominant created an arrogant government.

"Bearing this in mind, has the time not come for the South African voters to consider putting their eggs in other baskets?" he asked.

  • Helmut - 2012-04-04 13:13

    Bantu Holomisa, well said

      Refugee - 2012-04-04 13:25

      as long as that busket doesnt belong to DA

      Thandekile Pokolo - 2012-04-04 14:00

      i agree as long the leader is no from DA were refugees

      Peter - 2012-04-04 14:02

      Why do you keep on allowing failed politicians a platform to spew their opportunistic views. He himself was an ANC kid, he still have traces of ANC tendencies. Please give us the views of Lindiwe Mazibuko, relevant people in politics.

      Dieter - 2012-04-04 16:41

      Language needs some attention Thandi. Maybe as a result of your government? Or maybe you know Phokolo English.

  • Stephen Radebe - 2012-04-04 13:41

    The ANC IS Dead party

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-04-04 13:43

      I do not think so

      Thandekile Pokolo - 2012-04-04 13:53

      the anc is going down if those old ppl still are there ppl like mantashe,zuma,even blade also must move give ancyl magaqa ,malema,shivambu,vavi and ather

  • paulmandlankosi - 2012-04-04 13:43

    Just keep your house in order you might get my vote

  • Keith - 2012-04-04 13:53

    Well said Bantu holomisa, I use to vote for the ANC but now I had switch to DA, at the moment they're the only political party which gives hope to the hardworking and genuine citizens of south Africa.

      philani.goba - 2012-04-04 14:12

      No paul, you're a mampara!!

      Tony Lapson - 2012-04-04 14:19

      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Sensitive fool has a chip on his shoulder

  • Graham - 2012-04-04 14:11

    Just a pity the opposition parties aren't cleaver enough to take advantage off the current chaos the ANC is in. Maybe they are just as corrupt and are just there to offer the illusion that we are a democracy?

  • Jabu - 2012-04-04 14:20

    Fullu agree with Bantubonke Holomisa. My ANC is loosing its touch.

  • Jymiro - 2012-04-04 14:44

    I can't agree more with the General, my beloved party ANC is losing it by the day. I am still going to decide about my vote, it won't be wasted by definately not for the Dumb Alliance (DA)

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-04-04 15:50

      Vote ANC

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-04-04 17:39

      Why, Paul?

  • Rob - 2012-04-04 15:20

    To all people who refuse to consider voting DA............. Stop for a second, abandon your historical biases and consider that there is only two really effective alternatives to voting for the anc. 1. Vote for the DA in order to reduce the ANC's majority. 2. Don't vote at all, in order to reduce the ANC's majority. It surely isn't feasible that the DA will get a majority, and anyway that is not the point. The point is to increase the influence of the non-ANC block, perhaps even to the point where the ANC has fewer seats that everyone else combined. Only then will we see more accountable least that is my view.

      Jymiro - 2012-04-04 15:54

      the third option: 3. Vote for another progressive party to reduce the ANC majority and the Dumb Alliance (DA) ascendence to power to state

      Rob - 2012-04-04 16:25

      Jymiro: That is effectively the same as not voting at all, but does not send quite the same message. I don't think that it is at likely that more votes for the fringe parties is going to have a significant impact on parlimentary representation. But that is your choice. The main point is to reduce the ANC's seats, so go for it. But stay with me here, why are you so emotional about the DA? Are their policies really, as you say, dumb? More to the point, is their administration also dumb. Today, here and now, in South Africa, it is surely not about ideology, but about competence to administer.

  • Nigel - 2012-04-04 16:13

    Bantu, now is the IFP's opportunity to get back its lost votes, where is the IFP, wake up guys, the ANC is busy imploding & there is no black lead opposition worthy of taking advantage of the ANC meltdown. Jeez what will it take for black leaders to wake up, get rid of the ANC before they destroy the country.

  • Itumeleng - 2012-04-04 16:21

    Which basket yours? All these party leaders are the same all they want is power. I don't think the'll ever be a day when we c good leadership even if we change baskets.

  • eradingoana - 2012-04-04 16:37

    I think this is the time for Cope and UDM to go and campaign infront of Luthuli House. There are membership running around looking for a home

  • ferdi.landsberg - 2012-04-04 16:45

    So for once its not "apartheids" fault?

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-04-04 17:31

    Political parties will ALWAYS put their interests above that of the country. If the ANC was not busy with infighting with themselves now, they would have been busy with (inter alia): * Trying to discredit another political party * Arranging some rally, party, function or something to glorify the ANC * Working on legislation which would benefit the ANC * Thinking up ways of how to sell their propaganda to the public * Spending time defending corrupt members * Thinking up strategies of how to neutralize opponents and promote cronies * Looking after their "business" interests like Chancellor House and Imperial Crown Mining. Individual members would be : * Planning the next property or luxury vehicle purchase * Arranging the next state funded (taxpayer funded) trip abroad * Checking on personal investments and cash stashed away elsewhere * Analyzing systems to see where state funds can be embezzled * Looking after their own personal "business" interests, which can be anything from farming, mining and "directorships" to smuggling and plain stealing. No Bantu. I would rather say the infighting is good, because it takes some of their attention off the normal rapacious activities. All political parties MUST be scrapped if we want any kind of effective democratic government in this country.

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