by Andrew Louw – DA Northern Cape Provincial Leader
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Date: 13 July 2018
The DA condemns the ANC’s total failure in effectively handling the complaints of Kimberley residents, which has culminated in a total state of chaos and disorder in the city.
The glaring absence of ANC Provincial Chairperson, Zamani Saul, in directly addressing the Sol Plaatje protest crisis from a political viewpoint. This is particularly against the backdrop that it is ultimately because of those close to the ANC who have been deployed by the party into senior positions within the municipality, who are to blame for the mess that this city finds itself in.
The DA suspects that Mayor Mangaliso Matika, Municipal Manager, Goolam Akharwary and Chief Financial Manager, Lydia Mahloko, are being protected by Saul, who himself is in arrears for an amount of R121 000, but unlike normal residents, has not had his electricity cut.
Clearly there is a circle of protection amongst Saul and Sol elites. Placing the CFO and MM on leave is a soft response to the dire consequences being experienced by Kimberley residents and it also completely ignores the head honcho, Mayor Matika.
Criminal elements have capitalized on the gap left open by the ANC and its government. Large scale looting and vandalism have caused irreparable damage to city businesses and infrastructure, including police stations that were set on fire and the desecration of the popular Recreation Centre in Galeshewe, amongst many other Kimberley landmarks. Police officers and protestors have also been injured.
All this destruction and suffering could have been avoided by a caring and present government, that at all times practices transparency and puts the concerns and needs of the people whom its serves first.
We would have thought that by now, after the long term, destructive protest in the North West as a result of comrade Supra Mahumapelo, that they would act more decisively against corrupt ANC members – but clearly not.
Urgent and decisive action must be taken against municipal leadership, if this crisis is to be resolved. Unfortunately, the ANC cares so much about reaping the personal benefits of staying in power, that it continues to ignore the fact that it is the people who voted them into power and the people who have the right to remove them when mismanagement, corruption and failed service delivery become the story of the day.
Sol Plaatje will never shine under the leadership of an ANC-government.
Only change under a DA-led government, that ensures open, honest and accountable leadership, will save this city.
DA Northern Cape Provincial Leader
082 383 6914
Shelley De Witt
082 847 1387