The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is continually disturbed by the activities of the ANC and the resulting events taking place in our beloved country. Government entities and departments are crumbling before our eyes. The blame lays at the door of the ANC. Under the governance of the ANC our State has become dysfunctional and has failed.
The state-owned enterprises are all a shadow of what they once were created to be, they are a liability, and they cannot fulfil the mandate for which they were created. The enterprises – Denel, Eskom, South African Railways and Harbours, the national Post Office – have dwindled down to nothing but shells for the corrupt doings of the governing party, the ANC.
It is evident that when the ANC took control to govern the country in 1994, it inherited a functional State. There was ‘law’, though the erstwhile nationalist government used it to benefit only a small minority-the whites, nevertheless the ‘law’ was respected.
In the past, employment was available to even those who were uneducated. There were apprenticeship programs and opportunities for employment. In today’s South Africa graduates with higher level tertiary degrees struggle to find employment. This fact is a direct result of the ANC led government’s instability in the Department of Education.
In the past, the level of crime was not as it is today, there was respect and trust. Criminals did not have the freedom that they enjoy today. Women and children are abused and killed on a daily basis in South Africa. Residents are attached and robbed in their homes and even in places of worship. No place can be described as safe, even police officers fall victim to crime in their own police stations. This is all due to the ANC led government and its inability to manage the criminal justice system.
We are not fooled. South African cities know what it is to be clean, to be safe. Its residents know what it means to have good governance. This has all been lost under the leadership of the ANC. After 25 years of governing, it is clear that the ANC has not governed as it ought-to have governed. It has given despair to our people, not hope. It has broken its citizenry down rather than building them up.
The UDM calls upon the ANC to not only take time to soul search its failures, but to determine within itself the correct course of action. Action that brings us up out of this failed State. The question stands, where did it lose the plot?
Mr Bongani Msomi
UDM Secretary General