THE head of investment and infrastructure in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s office and the former mayor of Tshwane (Pretoria) Dr Kgosientso Ramokgopa has warned the ANC to get its house in order or risk losing power in 2024.
The former Gauteng economic development, agriculture and environment MEC identified power utility Eskom’s rolling blackouts ahead of last month’s local government elections as one of the key factors in the ANC’s worst showing in polls since 1994.
According to Ramokgopa, the DA’s municipal elections slogan that it gets things done was not an affirmation of its governance credentials but intended to expose the apparent ANC failures. The perennial and stubborn internal factional battles crippled the party’s influence and its claimed leadership of society,” he explained.
Ramokgopa said the ANC went into the elections with no branches that met the constitutional definition of being in good standing and that even more telling branches had receded from active leadership role in communities and abandoned their political responsibilities
He said ANC branches suddenly came to life during the list process to select candidates to contest the polls.
In his review of the ANC’s poor performance in the local government elections, Ramokgopa said the government has become an extension of the party’s factional battles and parasitic business interests, which has led to the rejection of merit, experience and denial of opportunities at the altar of factional loyalty the norm.
”The net result of this has been the haemorrhaging of skills in the public sector with devastating consequences to the service delivery agenda and the transformation project.
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