Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Snouts in the trough

Poor performance and poor service delivery were cited when rumours emerged about the imminent sacking of Eastern Cape Premier Nosimo Balindlela and the Western Cape’s Ebrahim Rasool. Few were fooled.

The Eastern Cape, one of the most impoverished areas, has traditionally been badly governed with poor service delivery.

The Western Cape, according to a recent survey, is not as badly served, some thanks to the DA’s control of Cape Town.

In announcing Rasool’s resignation ANC chairman Baleka Mbete said there was no question of purging or punishment. His exit was in the best interests of the province and the ANC.

Yes really.

Party secretary-general Gwede Mantashe then said Balindlela would be asked to resign when she returns tomorrow from an overseas junket. He cited her “poor” service delivery record.
Both reasons are nonsense.

These are steps to make sure people in the right camp of the ANC are “deployed” in positions of power and patronage when the scrabble to have a snout in the public trough begins anew.

Nothing to do with good governance.

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