ANC worse than era of apartheid – EFF

Call for EMLM coun­cil to be dis­solved

The Rep - - NEWS - ANDISA BONANI and ZINTLE BOBELO

The EFF cau­cus in Enoch Mgi­jima Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity (EMLM) has in­di­cated the ANC gov­ern­ment is far worse than that of the apartheid era due to its con­tin­ued mis­treat­ment and sub­jec­tion to poverty of the peo­ple who voted it into power.

This was said by the party’s chief whip, Luthando Amos, when asked about the kind of changes he hoped the ma­jor­ity party would im­ple­ment in 2019 to en­sure ad­e­quate ser­vice de­liv­ery in EMLM.

Amos said the ANC was po­lit­i­cally bank­rupt and con­tin­ued to de­ploy in­com­pe­tent peo­ple in the lo­cal au­thor­ity.

“ANC coun­cil­lors only care about their pock­ets and have no re­gard for the com­mu­ni­ties they are sup­posed to serve. Cadre de­ploy­ment is among the big­gest prob­lems, be­cause all they do is move a cor­rupt in­di­vid­ual from one mu­nic­i­pal­ity to an­other, re­gard­less of whether they qual­ify for the job.

“In 2018, we were faced with count­less power out­ages and roads in the town­ships are rid­dled with pot­holes and all they keep say­ing is that there is no money. The apartheid gov­ern­ment was far bet­ter than what the ANC is do­ing to the peo­ple of this coun­try.” Amos said change would only come about if the cur­rent coun­cil self-dis­solved and a new coun­cil was elected.

DA coun­cil­lor Chris de Wet said 2018 rep­re­sented the worst year in the mu­nic­i­pal his­tory of Ko­mani and other towns, in­clud­ing vil­lages, un­der EMLM’s ju­ris­dic­tion.

“The de­cline in the mu­nic­i­pal lead­er­ship and ad­min­is­tra­tion has been so dras­tic that EMLM is fi­nan­cially bank­rupt and was placed un­der ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“The DA rep­re­sents the only re­al­is­tic hope to the com­mu­ni­ties of EMLM to im­ple­ment the changes nec­es­sary to make the mu­nic­i­pal­ity a vi­able en­tity. The DA will ex­pect dras­tic changes to be made in 2019 to achieve pos­i­tive re­sults. The cur­rent ANC lead­er­ship lacks po­lit­i­cal will, lead­er­ship skills and the in­tent to gov­ern prop­erly.”

De Wet said a full foren­sic au­dit cov­er­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion of EMLM since its in­cep­tion in 2016 needed to be com­mis­sioned, with spe­cific in­struc­tions to fully in­ves­ti­gate the mal­ad­min­is­tra­tion and mis­man­age­ment of mu­nic­i­pal fi­nances.

UDM coun­cil­lor Mthuthuzeli Hokolo said as long as the cur­rent ANC lead­er­ship was in power, there would not be any pos­i­tive changes – ei­ther po­lit­i­cally or ad­min­is­tra­tively.

“No changes can be achieved in one year if they have been fail­ing the peo­ple for the past five years. The ANC in EMLM keeps per­ti­nent in­for­ma­tion from op­po­si­tion par­ties who could pos­si­bly give good ad­vice on how to han­dle mat­ters. For in­stance, the re­moval of for­mer mu­nic­i­pal man­ager Chris Mag­wangqana was a bad de­ci­sion which brought the mu­nic­i­pal­ity to its knees.

“When Mag­wangqana was still with EMLM, Eskom was duly paid, but with the ad­min­is­tra­tor, Vuyo Mlokothi, in place, we were con­stantly threat­ened by Eskom be­cause of lack of pay­ment.”

COPE coun­cil­lor No­ma­zot­sho Kopolo said the party was ready to erad­i­cate cor­rup­tion and com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing ser­vice de­liv­ery to the peo­ple.

ANC Chris Hani re­gional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee sec­re­tary Lu­sanda Sizani was asked for com­ment, but had not re­sponded at the time of go­ing to press.

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