Only the ruins of a once proud Bloemfontein, once called Die Rosestad, have remained, and the metro administration is now in a position where it simply can’t manage itself anymore. It is the first metro in the country that has totally collapsed. So says Professor Andre Duvenhage, currently a political analyst at the North West University, who stayed 17 years in Bloemfontein.
Duvenhage says he is shocked over the decay of the once proud institution, once reckoned among the best in the country. Duvenhage says the whole local government system in the Free State has collapsed and what can be seen in Bloemfontein, can be seen anywhere in the Free State. He says Bloemfontein is hopelessly bankrupt and the lawyers of debt collectors regularly close Bloemfontein’s Nedbank account to lay its hands on some money as soon as a little comes in.
Duvenhage says the metro can’t properly deliver basic services and rubbish is strewn all over the place. There is not even a chance of a clean audit anywhere in the Free State. He says the appointment of an article 139 administrator, as has now been announced, won’t help either and to appoint another ANC cadre won’t be any solution, as he will only protect the ANC’s interests. The Professor says the Free State is on an irreparable road to destruction. There are simply no answers anymore.
Dr. Ina Gouws, a senior lecturer in governance at the University of the Free State, told Netwerk24 that 3 Free State towns were even worse off when they were placed under administration. Those municipalities were Brandfort, Harrismith and Frankfort and surrounds. Gouws says that a report of the Auditor General also shows how service delivery in the Mangaung metro has collapsed.
We can only wish those unfortunate taxpayers who have to stay in the Free State good luck. There are definitely lessons to be taken away from this. We know that the ANC was always and will always be a black nationalistic terrorist movement, which has evolved into a criminal mafia, but the bigger issue is the black majority’s acceptance of what the ANC has brought and the majority’s propensity for violence – looting and burning – to express political unhappiness, not a willingness to bring about change through the ballot box. Unfortunately when they do vote for another party, it is for a similar black nationalistic mafia like the EFF. The black majority was not a people ready for democracy (or civilisation) when the ANC took over. They are not people ready for democracy now.
What is more, is that it seems that corruption is an essential part of the African culture. There were people who warned us against this. There were people who said black majority rule would come to this. Now we are here and there is no easy way out. Weigh your options and join civic society groups, but believing that another political party will save you, is pie in the sky. No black ruled party will ever be corruption free, including the DA. Factionalism and nepotism will always be part of the DNA of a black majority party. This has been proven.