Die Vrystaat is gedurende die dekade van die premierskap van Ace Magashule 2009-2018 verniel soos nog nooit in sy geskiedenis nie – die meeste munisipaliteite is wanfunksioneel, tegnies bankrot en met dienslewering wat ineengestort het; provinsiale departemente soos Onderwys en Gesondheid het skuld en agterstande van honderde miljoene rand; gevalle van korrupsie en nepotisme van miljarde rand is tans die onderwerpe van kriminele ondersoeke; paaie, strate en ander infrastruktuur is pateties; en funksionering van die private sektor en stand van beleggingsvertroue is erg geskaad.
Teen hierdie agtergrond wys DA-LP vir 'n aantal Vrystaatse munisipaliteite George Michalakis in 'n treffende mediaverklaring hoe die ANC onder Magashule in die provinsie selfs in gebreke gebly het om vir die sg. kultuurerfenis van die party in die provinsie hoegenaamd iets te doen. Dit is 'n uitstekende uiteensetting en Ditsem Nuus wil dit graag deel met lesers, maar verskoon indien dit in Engels gedoen word, want die DA verskaf natuurlik hul mediavrystellings slegs in Engels.
Hulle verseg om dit ook in Afrikaans te verskaf en Ditsem Nuus gaan in hierdie geval nie die moeite doen om dit in Afrikaans te vertaal nie. Uittreksels uit die mediaverklaring lui soos volg:
“In 2012 Ace Magashule said in his State of the Province Address, ‘we will ensure the establishment of the Kaizer Sebothelo and Lister Skosana Museums as these will further extend the scope of preservation and promotion of the Free State’s cultural heritage.’
“He also mentioned the Wesleyan Church in Waaihoek, the Maphikela House in Bloemfontein and the Winnie Mandela House in Brandfort. Additionally, he mentioned the prioritisation of a monument to the 1913 revolt of African women in the Free State, Moroka House in Thaba Nchu, Bram Fischer’s House in Bloemfontein and the Mahabane House in Kroonstad and various cemeteries and graves of freedom fighters.
“In 2013 he mentioned ‘significant progress’ in terms of the Thomas Mapikela House and grave, the graves of Dr Moroka and Rev Mahabane as well as the Wesleyan Church. He said that these sites would be officially unveiled in 2013. He made the same promise in 2014 again.
“But the ANC apparently does not lie to the people. That is why so many put their trust in the ANC every election. So if we take these promises by the Free State ANC government over the last 10 years one by one, what has really happened to their promises?
- Kaizer Sebothelo Museum and Lister Skosana Museum – since 2012 nothing has happened and these museums do not exist to this day.
- Thomas Maphikela House, Bloemfontein – no progress.
- Moroka House in Thaba Nchu – work standing still after R529 000 was spent.
- 1913 revolt of African women monument – no such a monument has been erected.
- Bram Fischer House Bloemfontein - absolutely no effort has been made and the building is still occupied by businesses.
- Zacharias Mahabane House, Kroonstad – no progress.
- Oliewenhuis Restaurant – this once fantastic restaurant recently had to close due to the department’s ill treatment of the owner and in the process various jobs were lost.
- Naval Hill Restaurant at Mandela’s feet – built almost a decade ago and still stands empty, because they owe consultants hundreds of thousands of Rands.
- Pioneers Museum Winburg – this property has been locked for more than ten years and the little restoration that was once done here has been vandalised.
- Wesleyan Church, Waaihoek – after millions have been spent, the birthplace of the ANC has still not been turned into a museum and it stands there as nothing more than an empty shell.
- Vredefort Dome – UNESCO recently threatened to withdraw the status of World Heritage Site of this place because of the corruption linked to the multi million Rand information and multimedia centre built that is unsafe to be occupied.
- Winnie Mandela House Brandfort, where I want to stand still for a while. News reports last week stated that R600 000 was spent in fruitless expenditure. This only relates to the money spent by the national department. This does not include the R210 000 spent by the province on designs that were never used and other amounts that went to so called implementing agents.
“But probably the most shocking fact around the Winnie Mandela House Museum is that Ace Magashule went on television last week stating that no money was spent on this project, blatantly lying to the public.
“Even worse than this: the national department, after the news was broken last year that the site is being used for criminal activities by tsotsi’s in the area, made only one small effort to get this project off the ground for the first time in 10 years. A company was paid to put up a fence at the front of the house, with a small wooden house for the security and a toilet covered by asbestos walls. They paid R143 000 for this.
“The company that they used does not come from Brandfort or Bloemfontein or even Matjhabeng. No, the company is called Patterndown Consulting and Projects, which has links with Elebone Multi Purposes CC who has won tender contracts of hundreds of millions of Rand from the government and they are registered in Parys. Ace Magashule’s home town.
“This same company that had to put up the toilet and fence at Winnie’s house also recently tendered to provide stationary – pens and paper – to Mangaung Metro Municipality. These are really multipurpose companies, it seems.
“What is more, they have appointed a security company which we can’t find registered at the Companies and Intellectual Properties Commission to guard that empty house for R30 000 per month.
“Literally millions of Rands were spent on these 12 projects – and there are more like these in the Free State – and we, as a province, have nothing to show for it. Not a single job or tourism opportunity was created through most of the spending. What is even more shocking, is that most of these sites relate to the preservation of the history of the struggle against apartheid and this is the lack of respect the ANC shows for it.”
Hierdie is ‘n puik ontleding van die huidige haglike toestand van die Vrystaat. In Noordwes het die swart bevolking in opstand teen die eweneense korrupsie en geen dienslewering van premier Supra Mahumapelo en sy ANC-bewind die provinsie grootskaals geplunder en gevandaliseer en die vraag kan regtens gestel word, wat gaan in die Vrystaat gebeur?