By James Letuka, DA MPL in the Free State Provincial Legislature:
The below member statement was delivered by James Letuka (MPL) during a sitting of the Free State Provincial Legislature on Thursday 30 July 2015.
Last Friday the community of Jacobsdal burned down the house of Mayor Thandiwe Reachable in response to her poor leadership, her poor track record in government, the nonexistant delivery of basic services and allegations of manipulating the appointment of workers at the nearby solar plant.
Late last month the community of Tweespruit burned down the house of their ANC councillor because of a complete lack of service delivery and being left without water supply for days.
In early June the communities of Intabazwe and Khalanyoni in Maluti-a-Phofung burnt down two clinics to the ground, they partially burnt down a police station and destroyed three police vehicles.
As service delivery continue to deteriorate in the Free State as a result on the ANC’s incompetence, negligence and willful disregard of the wellbeing of our people, such violent protests are set to increase.
Last year more than 30 service delivery protests have been recorded in the Free State. If the ANC did indeed have a good story to tell these protests would never have happened.
The people of the Free State are trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty. The people are unemployed and desperate. They suffer the brunt of government’s incompetence and are denied opportunities for a better life as a result of rampant corruption.
While the DA can never condone such violence, we must acknowledge the frustration and suffering endured by our people due to the inability of the ANC to govern effectively.
The DA calls on all frustrated communities to use the power of their votes to bring change in government. Instead of burning down property, communities should unite behind the DA so that we can bring good, clean and effective governance to them.