Province intervention shows 'a failed state'

2011-12-06 21:30

Johannesburg - The national government's intervention in the Free State, Gauteng and Limpopo showed that South Africa was heading towards a failed state, AfriForum said on Tuesday.

"The decision of [the] Cabinet to intervene... is indicative of the real danger that South Africa could be moving closer to becoming a failed state," AfriForum community affairs head Cornelius Jansen van Rensburg said in a statement.

He said it was surprising that Gauteng, as the richest province in South Africa, was in need of financial and management assistance.

"This raises questions on the financial health and stability of other provinces.

"In a nervous international economic climate, South Africa can ill afford the collapse of government institutions," he said.

Jansen van Rensburg said a collapse at provincial and local government levels would force communities to find alternative ways to ensure sustainable service delivery.

On Monday, the Cabinet announced that the national government would intervene in some areas of the Free State, the health department in Gauteng and five provincial departments in Limpopo under the Constitution.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan told SABC radio news on Tuesday that the Cabinet had been monitoring the finances of these provinces for some time.

"There's been a... trend of underspending, overspending, violating supply chain provisions and this is what we want to thoroughly investigate now," he said.

  • Spyker - 2011-12-06 21:51

    History will show that the economic enigma that existed, in South Africa, between 1948 and 1994 was in fact the 20th century equivalent of the Greek Spartans. The pivotal matter though, the countries that imposed sanctions against SA (before '94) are now accomplices, in the coercion that created the failed criminal state that is post-'94 SA. It is an urgent imperative that the minority that has suffered incalculable losses as a consequence, proceed with a class action against the said countries, to recover the losses.

      robert.verdonk - 2011-12-06 22:19

      Are we still blaming "Appartheid" for today's failures? Yes SA "Failed" in the first 17 years after the liberation, but did you expect otherwise as the "new" leaders followed the ways of the "old" leaders. Nothing changed as Greed was still the motivation. I see a change emerging in the ANC, while the DA is slowly showing its real colours and the electorate will respond. Interesting times, but compared to Europe SA is not doing to badly and I expect it to do better. If we all could forget the past, bad things did happen before and after 1994 but lets move forwards to a future for all. Robert

  • Saksak Motsepe - 2011-12-06 22:09

    People always predict the doom of my country South Africa. This Afriforum along with others make old predictions: ''this country is failing, this country will collapse'' Ja Ja Ja, even with all the development they now enjoy, they still choose to predict failure while taking a joyride on the Gautrain...something they were not clever to think up.

      bfvillet - 2011-12-06 22:41

      is it just yours these are concerned people

      Renier - 2011-12-06 22:43

      The Gautrain, which was not a must have for our country and actually a very old idea, cost the country more than 20 Billion Rand. While we read about women and children starving to death in our country, others do not have proper housing, medical care, education...

      bfvillet - 2011-12-06 22:44

      you defnitly do not hit the hammer on the head

      Saksak Motsepe - 2011-12-06 23:27

      I knew that the last part of my comment would ruffle feathers lol.

      Elaine - 2011-12-07 08:16

      It's the result of 'cadre deployment' other words for putting buddies into jobs, buddies who know squat about running anything let alone a provincial department. They don't know their A** from their Elbows. Except 'pay me fat bucks at the end of the month'

      musazwane - 2011-12-07 09:55

      Thank you Mr. Motsepe Sir.

      Mrs-Pal - 2011-12-07 10:03

      "..were not clever to think up." Saadsak, please point out one bit of engineering in the Gautrain that we can contribute to your people. You cannot even thank your people for the computer you are typing on or even the clothes you are wearing. So who's clever?

      Michael - 2011-12-07 10:12

      @Saksak Motsepe if the Gautrain is the only point of reference that you can use then you, just like your govt are in a very sad state. As for taking a joyride on the Gautrain, the chances it has of getting to its final destination seem to be slimming by the day.

      Lelo - 2012-02-15 17:59

      Miss Pal who are Masotho's people?

  • Sharon - 2011-12-06 22:31

    Strange they didn't blame it on apartheid

  • Christopher Knight - 2011-12-06 22:37

    The people get the government they vote for. 65% voted ANC, let them suffer for it.

      Elaine - 2011-12-07 08:17

      the trouble is the other 35% of us are dragged down with them.

  • Jenny - 2011-12-06 22:40


      H - 2011-12-07 00:04

      .. on the right things. There is of course the massive overspend on the wrong things as well. Double-edged sword, is corruption.

  • George - 2011-12-07 06:28

    You were told about this years ago and you failed to do anything then. Your gov can do nothing right, and do you know why? This is because they are uneducated and dont know the differance between right and wrong. They will take, demand and steal from everywhere becausc the see this happening, starting at the top with zoomer. Nothing happened to him so we will all do it and stuff everything up in the process. The anc have no clue of how process and paper work have to be done. They are just confused, stupid and will end up putting the blame on apartaite JACK

  • Annelise - 2011-12-07 09:40

    All of you who votes "YES" way back....we told you this will happen! You did not listen, so take your hiding and stop complaining.

  • richard.fahrenfort - 2011-12-07 09:53

    Steady as she goes South Africans. Things are going to get worse before they get better! Next elections are going to be nail-biting stuff...

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