ANC heavyweights dodging accountability in Madibeng

Chris Hattingh MPL

DA Leader in North West

The ANC’s move to fire three top officials in the Madibeng municipality is a cynical move aimed at sheltering the party’s national and provincial leadership.

The mayor, ANC chief whip and the speaker all deserve to go given their non-delivery to the people of Madibeng. But the truth is that there are far more senior members of the ANC that should also be held accountable for the disaster in Madibeng.

The three ANC members in Madibeng that were fired are fall guys for the real culprits.

The real culprits are the ANC Premier, Thandi Modise,  who not only received a copy of the Madibeng Ministerial Report during February 2013 and deliberately failed to act on it, but also allowed poor service delivery, like we see in Madibeng, to take place all over North West. The same goes for the Water Affairs Minister, Edna Molewa, who has known about the situation in Madibeng for ages.

They only started caring about Madibeng when people died and the media started covering the story.

This move to fire three low-level officials must not be interpreted at an honest attempt by the ANC to clean house in North West. It is about saving face and shifting accountability away from the ANC’s senior leadership in the province.

The fact of the matter is that the ANC in North West has been utterly corrupted by self-serving individuals. It can no longer deliver on the promise of freedom. The time has come to vote DA for a corruption-free, effective government that is able to combat the legacy of apartheid.