Debate Speech by Lorraine Botha, MPP, DA Western Cape Spokesperson on Premier:
“Together with the DA, I have already taken proactive steps into redressing the state of affairs in Cederberg so that all, irrespective of political affiliation can live lives they can value in an Open Opportunity Society for all.”
The subject for discussion today has for a long time been on my mind. More specifically, since I was appointed the Constituency Head of the Cederberg area. Not in so many words, when considering the state of affairs in Cederberg under the administration of the ANC, I have many a time asked, has our hard fought democracy delivered the freedoms we all desire?
Although constitutionally democratic, under the ANC, the state of affairs in Cederberg can be described as freedom in bondage. By the dictionary definition, bondage refers to a state of subjection to a force, power or influence. In response to the question, has our hard fought democracy delivered the freedoms that we all desire, under the governing ANC party in Cederberg, no it has not.
In 2015, 21 years into democracy, in Cederberg, we still find discrimination, which no longer is based on skin colour, but the benefits of freedom, is now based on political affiliation. The ANC governs the municipality, and DA affiliates struggles to find job opportunities within the municipality. People who are ANC card holders, get preference for jobs. Is this not synonymous of the hard fight we fought pre-1994? Is this not a similar struggle against discrimination based on political association? The state of affairs in Cederberg can best be described as the bad practice against good governance, to benefit but a few.
In Lambert’s Bay and Elands Bay, residents were afraid to be seen in DA t-shirts, in fear of being associated with the DA and in turn reducing the likelihood of receiving different opportunities. This is pure intimidation tactics. I am aware that they are loyal DA supporters who believe in an open opportunity society for all, but felt ostracized by the ANC administration because of this loyalty to the DA. Even housing opportunities were closed off to them. Further depriving residents in Elands Bay from the freedom we fought so hard for, is dat die Cederberg munisipaliteit bestee sowat R26 miljoen aan ‘n nuttelose vismark terwel die gemeenskap in armoede leef. This brings to mind the teaching of our first democratic elected President, the late great Nelson Mandela, “for to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others”.
The state of affairs in Cederberg, under the ANC is unconstitutional and most certainly not indicative of freedoms that our hard fought democracy ought to deliver. Together with the DA, I have already taken proactive steps into redressing the state of affairs in Cederberg so that all, irrespective of political affiliation can live lives they can value in an Open Opportunity Society for all. Nelson Mandela also said, “if the ANC does to you what the apartheid government did to you, then you must do to the ANC what you did to the apartheid government.”
Hiermee wil ek dan graag die ANC waarsku dat die mense van Cederberg is siek en sat vir diskriminasie en korrupsie,en sal sorg met die woorde van Nelson Mandela, dat die DA in 2016 beheer neem van Cederberg sodat mense van Cederberg werklik die Vryheid van demokrasie waarvoor daar so hard geveg is, kan ervaar.