The factionalism and internal dysfunction within the ANC in the Eastern Cape is now clear for all to see and underline the impossibility of an effective ANC government.
Premier Phumulo Masualle was yesterday forced to fire four MECs against his will and this is an indication of the deep divide within the ruling party.
The fact that he was also forced to appoint his political opponent, Oscar Mabuyane, as MEC for Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism, underlines that his days are numbered.
In the Eastern Cape there is a total lack of service delivery, corruption is flourishing, municipalities are broke, crime is rampant, and quality education and health care are non-existent.
It has also been reported that the Auditor-General’s latest report on the performance of the province’s municipalities, will confirm that 33 of the province’s 56 municipalities are in the red.
According to Statistics South Africa’s quarterly labour force survey released in February the province’s unemployment rate rose to 35.1%, the highest in the country.
Nowhere is the ANC’s dysfunction clearer than in NMB. Within a month, two of their senior councillors, Andile Lungisa and Bongi Nombiba, find themselves in jail cells, convicted of serious crimes.
The ANC has proven that it is a party of criminality from top to bottom.
The DA-led coalition government in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro has made great strides in providing a better life for all its residents. This experience will be used to successfully govern the province when the DA is elected into government in 2019.
In little more than 20 months, the DA-led coalition government achieved significant successes under the leadership of Mayor Athol Trollip.
- 12 000 residents in NMB received running water and flush toilets in their own homes for the first time;
- 5 500 job opportunities were created through the Expanded Public Works Programme;
- There was a clampdown on corruption, ensuring that those implicated face the full might of law;
- Over 30 different roads and streets across the Metro are being resurfaced, rehabilitated or tarred;
- NMB is the only Metro to have its credit rating lifted; and
- In the first three months of 2018 the NMB Metro repaired 5 938 water leaks.
The latest frivolous motion of no confidence brought by the EFF and to be debated on the 24th of May highlights the fact that opposition parties care nothing for service delivery in NMB.
For the Eastern Cape to move forward, we need a growing economy, a functioning government, decent education and health care, a good housing program and safety and security.
The province needs total change and this can only be achieved under a DA government.
DA EC Provincial Leader
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