ANC Women’s League march an act of hypocrisy

Ivan Meyer

Leader of the DA in the Western Cape

The ANC Women’s League’s protest march to the Legislature in Cape Town today must go down as one of the biggest acts of hypocrisy ever committed by this organization.

If the ANC Women’s League was serious about women’s issues, they certainly would not have backed President Jacob Zuma to retain his position as ANC leader at the party’s national conference in Mangaung. Nor would they turn a blind eye to the national disgrace that is the Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities and its minister, Lulu Xingwana, who recently spent R2.1 million redecorating her department’s head office and allocated  R25 million of her budget to travel and subsistence, while just R13.5 million went to its “Children’s Rights and Responsibilities” programme.

If you compare the DA-led Western Cape’s record of delivery for women with other provinces, it is clear that where the DA governs we deliver better than anywhere else. Why does the ANC Women’s League focus on the Western Cape when our delivery is the best in the country?

Examples of delivery are everywhere you look:

  • World-class public hospitals in Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s Plain have been built with large maternity and obstetrics units to service women from disadvantaged communities
  • The Western Cape is the only province with a 100% record on textbook delivery according to a Human Rights Commission report, giving young women a quality education and the best possible chance at a successful career
  • The Cape metro provides basic services to the poor at a 30% cheaper rate than any other city in the country according to the recent State of Cities report, meaning mothers can spend more of their income on their children rather than on basic services
  • In the Western Cape, the mother-to-child HIV transmission rate was brought down to 1,8%, the lowest in the country
  • We have expanded the number of  “no fee” schools which benefit just under 370 000 learners and last year we paid out over R30 million to 650 schools that applied for fee compensation, which is the highest in the country

The DA will continue delivering where we govern despite the noise from those with narrow political agendas and no genuine concern for the constituencies they claim to represent.