SA can’t fight Covid-19, so the ANC will have blood on its hands

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SA can’t fight Covid-19, so the ANC will have blood on its hands

Thanks to corruption there’s no money to combat the virus or stimulate the economy when it’s all over

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With every report of a new person infected with Covid-19 in SA a bell tolls for the 108-year-old African National Congress. If anything will show up the governance failures and deficiencies of the ANC, particularly in the 10 years of corrupt rule under Jacob Zuma between 2007 and 2017, then it will be the spread of this virus in our country.

Municipalities have collapsed. Health systems, hospitals, clinics and community health centres have collapsed. Water supply systems have collapsed. The infrastructure that is supposed to support and help heal those infected has collapsed. We must pray that the cases reported so far do not escalate into a pandemic in our small patch here on the southern tip of the continent even though it has already been declared as such by the World Health Organisation.

Municipalities are supposed to provide water for communities. Over the past 10 years local politicians and municipal managers have in many of these jurisdictions overseen a system whereby water provision has literally dried up. The Free State, home of the ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule, is a case in point. While we all enjoyed Christmas and New Year festivities, vast swathes of the province had no running water. Patients in state hospitals had to provide their own water or stay thirsty...

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