Weekend Witness - - Opinion -

T. HE ANC garner­ing over 62% of the vote in the 2011 lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tion may seem baf­fling given the ser­vice-de­liv­ery protests, corruption scan­dals and on­go­ing re­ports of party in­fight­ing.

Even more of a co­nun­drum is the ANC in­creas­ing its ma­jor­ity in the Msun­duzi Mu­nic­i­pal­ity by win­ning two ex­tra seats. This is a mu­nic­i­pal­ity that was not only driven into the ground by the rul­ing party, but which con­tin­ued to be be­set by ser­vicede­liv­ery prob­lems right un­til elec­tion day.

A ma­jor rea­son is that poor com­mu­ni­ties back the party in power, be­cause they be­lieve that it has the re­sources to change their lives.

In Msun­duzi, the ANC won five wards in the Vulindlela area from the IFP. One has only to drive through Vulindlela to see the vast changes and the money that has been pumped in there to im­prove con­di­tions for the com­mu­nity.

Hope dies if ex­pec­ta­tions are not fed and this is a les­son the ANC seems to be fol­low­ing. Look at the large num­ber of projects launched in the run-up to the elec­tion.

How­ever, pa­tron­age can take one only so far, as re­sources are lim­ited.

The real prob­lems be­gin when raised ex­pec­ta­tions are not met. Will the new in­fra­struc­ture in Vulindlela be al­lowed to fall into dis­re­pair, as has hap­pened in the rest of the city?

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