Karen de Kock, MPL
DA Northern Cape Legislature
In the run-up to the by-election in Strydenburg in December last year, the town was a hub of so-called government activities. This included a visit by Social Development Minister, Bathabile Dlamini, under the guise of a ‘minister meets the people’ campaign, the launch of provincial government’s 16 Days of Activism campaign, the handing out of food parcels, furniture, T-shirts, freebies and jobs, as well as extensive door-to-door visits by provincial MEC’s for a ‘separate outreach programme’, and the handing out of toys to children at a local education center. For a split second one might have believed that the ANC actually cared for this community, as they profusely proclaimed.
However, with one of the most important days on our calendar, Human Rights Day, it is highly surprising that there were no Mercedez Benzes, new programmes, MEC’s or Ministers to be seen in Strydenburg. It is evident that the ANC’s emphasis on the town last year was nothing but a charade, entailing the spending millions of rands worth of taxpayers’ money on purely vote-buying events.
The current ANC administration fails to draw the line between the party and the state, and in doing so, tramples on the very Human Rights of which they are the supposed custodians. They are meant to deliver services to all communities, regardless of whether citizens are card carrying members of the ruling party or not, yet their actions prove that the ANC is not a party for all the people, nor is it a party focused on service delivery. Instead, it is a party obsessed with power.
Hence, now that the by-election in Strydenburg has passed, the town and the community’s rights will once again remain forgotten by the ANC until the next election, when their enthusiasm will once again flourish, not in an effort to improve delivery but rather in a desperate attempt to win back the town from the opposition.