13 ways the ANC is collapsing the state, according to John Steenhuisen

13 ways the ANC is collapsing the state, according to John Steenhuisen

The DA's Jonh Steenhuisen came out guns blazing on Thursday during a media briefing in the mother city, where he threw shade at the ruling party.

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It is no secret Steenhuisen is one of the ANC's biggest critics and countless times before he stuck it to them in parliament and in the media.

However, on Thursday the DA Chief Whip pointed out 13 ways Ramaphosa's party managed to collapse the state, The South African reported.

So, Briefly.co.za decided to list the 13 ways the ANC turned the state capture into the state collapse, according to Steenhuisen.

1. Eskom

It's no surprise Steenhuisen brought up Eskom since it is one of the focus points in the state capture.

Over the past couple of years over R41.5 billion have been wasted as a result of mismanagement. It led to a R23 billion emergency capital injection into the energy company and loans surpassing R60 billion being made.

2. SAA

Steenhuisen criticised the fruitless South African Airways for having "no strategic or developmental value."

He added despite its shortcoming over R40 billion was injected into the captured airline.


Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) suffered a massive blow after R14 billion was looted in the 2015/2016 financial year.

The massive mismanagement almost collapsed the South African rail system and resulted in a R9 billion annual loss at the end of last year.

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On Wednesday it was announced the South African Broadcasting Corporation had debts totalling R694 million.

And, to make matter worse it only has R26m in the bank.

Aside from the blatant mismanagement, Steenhuisen accused SABC of openly favouring the ruling party.


The government body in charge of providing South Africans with social grants had a massive R1.44 irregular expenditure.

Bathabile Dlamini's administration almost saw a complete collapse of SASSA, and Steenhuisen continued to criticise the "workstreams” project, which failed massively.

6. Failure of municipalities

Thus far, 15 municipalities deposited R1.5 billion into the controversial VBS Bank, against the Treasury's instructions.

Steenhuisen added furthermore maladministration and corruption plagued the other municipalities as well.

He added 87 municipalities were in financial trouble while 11 more are under Section 139 interventions, The South African reported.

7. Public safety

Steenhuisen pointed out how the lack of proper funding crippled the South African Police Service.

He added R693 million was splashed on the security and safety of just 17 high-profile politicians.

8. Housing for citizens

According to Steenhuisen's report, the government's failure to build homes for South Africans resulted in a backlog for housing of 1.8 million citizens.

9. Public Healthcare

“The failure of NHI has cost South Africa a budgeted amount of R2,3 billion this year alone, and still, the failing ANC government would have us gut the private health care system, putting the health of South Africa in their exclusive care at a cost of almost R200 billion per year," Steenhuisen said.

10. Higher Education

When Zuma stepped down as the ANC president, he did so in style. In another late night announcement the former head of state announced free education for all.

His announcement created chaos as students wanted to enrol at universities for free, and it resulted in the ruling party reserving another R43 billion to fund the initiative until 2021.

11. Issues in Basic Education

There are several issues when it comes to basic education, whether it is a lack of funds for prescribed books or underpaid teachers. However, Steenhuisen pointed out the dire situation of toilets at schools.

The DA Chief Whip said it would cost an estimated R7.5 billion to install proper toilets in schools, so that kids no longer have to use pit latrines.

However, in 2018 the ANC reduced the budget for basic education by R7.2 billion and since then two children have died after falling into the pit toilets.

12. Water and Sanitation

The DA Chief Whip said since Nomvula Mokonyane's appointment as the minister of Water and Sanitation, the department lost R6.4 billion due mismanagement and corruption.

13. Borders

According to Steenhuised, within just five years more than a million illegal immigrants entered the country due to unsecured borders.

He added the massive wave of illegal foreigners set the ruling party back R279 million.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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