On the 26th of April 2023, ActionSA, led by President Herman Mashaba and myself, marched to the Office of the Premier of the Eastern Cape to deliver a memorandum which highlighted the sordid state of the province.
Neither the Premier nor the designated member of the Provincial Executive, MEC Williams bothered to receive the memorandum, so it is not surprising then that Premier Oscar Mabuyane has not yet responded to the memorandum of demands within the mandatory 14 days from the day of receipt of such memoranda.
This procedural lapse is further evidence of the Premier’s disdain for procedure and accountability.
The issues raised in our memorandum are too serious to ignore. Education in the province is in a dire state. Institutions of higher learning in the province have become infamous for lack of accreditation of courses and for questionable qualifications. The University of Fort Hare is being used to facilitate phony qualifications for the ruling elite of our province. Walter Sisulu University qualifications have been stripped of accreditation. The majority of our schools fail to meet the minimum standards prescribed under the South African Schools Act.
The access roads to most rural villages are impassable, with many bridges in a dangerous condition, if not already washed way. The province’s unemployment rate of 42.1% is not only catastrophically high, but also far above the national unemployment rate of 32.7%.
Inadequate low-cost housing, and the inability to spend housing grants, have contributed to the surge in informal settlements, especially in our two metros.
New Brighton (NMB), the new ‘murder capital’ of the country, and Mthatha (OR Tambo) are in the top ten places with the highest murders reported in the country. Our police stations are under-resourced, police are demoralised, demotivated, overwhelmed and exceptionally poorly led.
ActionSA implores Premier Oscar Mabuyane to honour his commitment to respond to our memorandum, even if that would be the last responsible thing he does before his resignation or removal from office.