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Free State municipalities shining example of ANC legacy

There is no greater example of the ANC legacy than the Free State municipalities, says Wouter Wessels, FF Plus MPL in the Free State Legislature.

In a member’s declaration, Wessels told the Legislature that the ANC was once a mighty freedom movement that promised its supporters heaven and earth, but it is now nothing more than a wounded animal trying its best to save what it can after it has misgoverned and plundered the country’s economy, resources, infrastructure and institutions.

The Free State municipalities owe Eskom several billions of rands. Eskom is threatening to implement load shedding, like it did in December 2016, due to the municipalities’ non-payment.

The municipalities do not keep to their instalment agreements and the income generated by electricity sales gets spent elsewhere.

On Monday, Eskom sent formal notices to various Free State municipalities informing them that load shedding may possibly be implemented. These municipalities are Moqhaka (Kroonstad, Steynsrus, Viljoenskroon, Vierfontein), Masilonyana (Theunissen, Winburg, Brandfort, Verkeerdevlei), Nketoana (Reitz, Petrus Steyn, Lindley, Arlington), Dihlabeng (Bethlehem, Paul Roux, Rosendal, Fouriesburg, Clarens), Nala (Wesselsbron, Bothaville), Mantsopa (Ladybrand) and Tokologo (Dealesville).

“The ANC government is spending money on luxuries like Christmas lights and new signposts instead of prioritising the payment of Eskom and other creditors.

“Consumers that actually pay for service delivery are suffering because of this mismanagement.

“Nearly every town in every Free State municipality has foul-smelling sewage leaking out somewhere because the ANC-controlled municipalities did not maintain the infrastructure properly.

“Sewage flows freely into the Wilgeriver at Frankfort (Mafube local municipality) because infrastructure was not maintained.

“The Wilgeriver feeds the Vaaldam, which in turn, is the greatest source of water for Rand Water that supplies almost the whole of Gauteng and parts of the Free State with water.

“Millions of people’s source of water is therefore now polluted because municipal management did not do their job.

“The ANC went from being a mighty revolutionary movement to a gang of corrupt and money-hungry thieves that hide behind horror stories of white people in order to cover up their dishonesty.

“While the ANC steals, the people of the Free State suffer. They should be ashamed of themselves,” says Wessels.

 

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