SOPA Debate Speeches

Note to editors: The following speeches were delivered in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament by the DA Western Cape Spokesperson on Transport and Public Works, Lennit Max MPP, the DA Western Cape Spokesperson on Economic Opportunities, Tourism and Agriculture, Beverley Schäfer MPP, the DA Western Cape Spokesperson on Local Government, Masizole Mnqasela MPP, and the DA Western Cape Spokesperson on Premier, Lorraine Botha MPP, during the SOPA Debate this afternoon. 

Speech by:

Lennit Max MPP

DA Western Cape Spokesperson on Transport and Public Works

“Speaker the allegations of racism levelled against us as the DA by the ANC are vexatious, spurious, without substance”

Speech highlights:

  • Wat Vrydag 20 Februrie 2015 in hierdie Huis gebeur het is ? bewys wat op die Wes-Kaapse kiesers wag sou hul eendag besluit om die ANC in bewind te plaas
  • Speaker as part of this government’s administrative services, the Department of Public Works awarded bursaries to deserving young students in the engineering and built-environment fields through our Masakh’iSizwe bursary programme.
  • In support of infrastructure delivery: The Graduate Professional Engineering    Programme, supported by mentors to facilitate the proper training and retention of graduates, continued for the 2013 academic year.
  • Nou vra ek vir die ANC, hoekom sal 1.2 Miljoen plus inwoners van die Wes-Kaap vir die DA stem, en hoekom sal mense na die die Wes-Kaap migreer as die DA regering sondanig “rasisties” is?

The full speech can be obtained here.

Speech by:

Beverley Schäfer MPP

DA Western Cape Spokesperson on Economic Opportunities, Tourism and Agriculture

“Speaker we know that while the ANC is so busy racializing Land Reform, the people of this country are suffering!

Speech highlights:

  • The ANC’s record on land reform is the high level of claimants who take cash compensation rather than land, almost R100 million in illegal land grants, and multiple examples of fraud and corruption. #FollowtheMoney. The failure of land reform with the ANC is quite clear here.
  • While the ANC is so busy racializing Land Reform, the people of this country are suffering
  • The ANC in the Western Cape use and abuse the plight of farmworkers by conducting so called stakeholder meetings… which in fact are merely political ploys to destabilise an already fragile community in De Doorns area.
  • The proposed policies coming from the ANC government and more specifically from the Minister clearly are in contrast to the objectives of the NDP.

The full speech can be obtained here.

Speech by:

Masizole Mnqasela MPP

DA Western Cape Spokesperson on Local Government

“What is remarkable about the DA in government: Each municipality’s MPAC committee is chaired by the opposition party”

Speech highlights:

  • (Under the ANC) The Cederberg Local Municipality is bankrupt and characterised by cadre appointments, mismanagement and corruption, while Ian Kenned, municipal manager, earns R104 000 per month, but the municipality cannot pay its debts.
  • As mayor, Helen Zille presided over rapid growth and development in the City of Cape Town. Gross geographic product (GGP) increased by over 12%. During this time the official unemployment rate also declined from 20.7% to 17.9%.
  • The DA-governed municipalities of the Western Cape has managed to turn around the finances of the municipalities to where they are liquid today with a collective financial fist of R4-billion.

The full speech can be obtained here.

Speech by:

Lorraine Botha MPP

“ANC WC misunderstands WC demographic”

DA Western Cape Spokesperson on Premier

Speech highlights:

  • The DA is committed to create a highly skilled, innovation driven, resource efficient, connected, high opportunity society for all
  • 61% of senior managers employed by the Western Cape Government, fall within the designated “black” group, including African, Coloured and Indian men and women
  • 83% of employees of the entire Western Cape administration, including teachers fall within the designated “black” group
  • With a total personnel of 31 105 employees: 8 894 posts are filled by males, while 22 211 are filled by females.

The full speech can be obtained here.