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.
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