Tebogo Msimanga |
The North West Provincial Legislature on Tuesday met to debate, amongst other matters, a motion tabled by the ANC to consider the performance of the ANC in government. “The ANC essentially tabled a motion of no confidence in itself”.
DA Chief Whip in North West Provincial Legislature Gavin Edwards said what happened in the House on Tuesday with ANC factional mudslinging is exactly the reason why governance in North West has collapsed and much-needed service delivery to the people has failed dismally.
Edwards said Health MEC Somadoda Sambatha accused ANC MPL Mmoloko Cwaile of abuse of his party political position by instructing officials to clean his private garden. “During the short period of the debate when the ANC MPLs were not hurling insults and personal attacks at each other, the governance failures of the ANC were raised – by ANC members themselves”.
Edwards added that the ANC finally echoed the DA’s position that the ANC provincial government cannot govern and deliver services. “Premier Bushy Maape has been making empty promises since his inauguration, and before him, Job Mokgoro made the same promises. Before Mokgoro, there was Supra Mahumapelo. They all failed.
To date, Premier Maape has not signed a single performance agreement with any Member of his Executive Council. To date not a single Lifestyle audit has been conducted”.
Edwards reiterted that what they witnessed in the Legislature is all the evidence people need to convince them that the ANC is unfit to govern. “The people of North West sit without water, electricity, basic service delivery, poor roads, a collapsing health department and an unemployment rate of almost 50%, but the ANC chose to turn the Legislature into an ANC factional battle ground instead of a battle ground to improve the lives of every resident”.