Why you should not listen to ANC leaders

2014-05-05 15:40

During election season, you’d normally find me reading something or listening to a current affairs show on the radio. This is because I enjoy the garbage our politicians spit. It is very entertaining. So as usual, I took time out to get my usual dose of entertainment and listened to the news on radio. And our beloved politicians did not disappoint.

The time was 13h00 when I heard the news of our National Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa addressing the Khayelitsha community in Site B. The minister did not share how he plans to address the issues raised by the community such as lack of visible policing, and the high crime rate. Instead, the minister told the community several excuses in his explanation of why the police are not doing a good job.

Top of the list of excuses was lack of street lights in khayelitsha. So the police are not visible because there are no street lights? Is the crime rate lower in areas where there are street lights? Even if so, the street lights on all the roads that lead to Andile Msizi Hall where the minister was speaking are actually kept on 24/7. They have never been switched off since installation.

I stepped outside to check if the lights were switched off the minute I heard the news and wondered why the people who had bothered to attend the public meeting did not challenge the minister to step outside and see that the streets lights not only exist but are kept on 24/7.

Street lights kept on 24/7

The reason for the people not showing Minister Mthethwa the obvious, was that the people themselves were mostly ANC supporters so the only thing to do in a rally is chant Viva, Amandla to whatever nonsense their leader says.

Nathi Mthethwa is not the only leader who spits garbage, Minister Gigaba also did when he said that Zuma is concerned about the rising costs of the Nkandla project. The same Zuma who removed a deputy minister from the project after she questioned the escalating costs, including estimated costs of the firepool and a minister who suggested that some of the costs be paid by Zuma such as the swimming pool, Kraal and so on. This actually shows that Zuma was intent on looting and ready to remove any obstacle to his looting project. But the more corrupt he seems to be, the more his supporters adore him.

Then there was Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane who marched to Helen Zille's office, this was after the Presidency had released the MPAT Report which showed that the Western Cape performs better than most ANC governed provinces including Gauteng which is amongst the worst (Chabane, 2013: 27). The report looked at areas such as financial management, good governance, and accountability. In all the reports, the DA run Western Cape performs better than Gauteng where Nomvula is Premier. So maybe she should have gone to Premier Zille and ask her how a provincial government is supposed to be run.

Mokonyane had Cameron Dugmore with him at the protest, remember that Dugmore was Education MEC in the Western Cape when the province experienced a steady decline in the matric passrate and the DA reversed that 6 year decline when they took over. But Dugmore marched to the DA run Western Cape for what? They forget that they once ran the Western Cape, and their comrades elsewhere are doing worse than the Western Cape in all aspects of governance.

But the best of all is when Marius Fransman launched his campaign for the Western Cape Premiership. He launched this at a rally in Delft. This is where he told supporters how bad the DA is. Marius forgot to remind the Delft community of how the ANC government failed them when the ANC ran the City of Cape Town, Western Cape, and South Africa simultaneously.

The comrades had flouted tender processes when awarding tenders on the N2 Gateway Housing Project and ran a multi-billion rand agency to bankruptcy. When I was working on the N2 Gateway Housing Project in Delft, I had inducted over 800 workers who were appointed to build RDP houses for the poorest of the poor. Then one day they were all told that there is no work, no money to pay them. The main contractor was owed millions by Thubelisha Homes.

They lost their jobs as construction on N2 Gateway Housing projects came to a halt for almost a year. In fact, projects that were meant to be a completed a long time ago are still recovering from the effects of the Tubelisha Homes bankruptcy. People are still waiting for RDP houses. And Marius Fransman was part of the government that failed the community of Delf. He dares to say the DA run Western Cape has failed the poor when the DA government worked tirelessly to get the many projects affected by his comrade's corruption completed.

Today if you go to Delft, you will see that there is work happening. Clinic under construction, 3 new schools opened on the project, and more houses are being built with additional housing projects approved. This is the work that was undermined by Marius Fransman and his corrupt comrades who were intent on looting public money that is meant for the poor.

So, when Marius and his comrades speak, you should always remember that when they are in government, they loot or do nothing but watch their fellow comrades loot public money while the poor continue to living in appalling conditions. Marius and his comrades ensured that you the taxpayer paid twice for roads on the project. Perhaps this is why they removed the City of Cape Town from the project as soon as the DA took over, but they could not hide their corruption forever. Their cover up is so pathetic, from the fire pool to saying streets lights do not exist when they do exist and work. Think before you chant viva or amandla.


Reference List

Chabane, C. (2013). State of Mnanagement Practices in the Public Service. Retrieved 5th May, 2014, from http://www.scribd.com/doc/167273865/Full-report-Management-Performance-Assessment-Tool

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