Hope message from Zille

2008-02-25 00:00

DA leader Helen Zille used her first visit to the city to present a message of hope. Addressing a dinner at the Golden Horse Casino on Saturday evening she spoke on opportunities that exist in South Africa even though the country is going through difficult times.

She said South Africans have the ability to make an opportunity out of a crisis. “We create real opportunities and turn them into international miracles and there is no reason why that should not apply now.”

Acknowledging that the country is in a sombre mood post-Polokwane, she said South Africa has been through a lot worse and survived.

She believes that people from all race groups are emerging in the current political crisis. These include black editors, judges, academics and even some within the ranks of the ANC who are speaking out against the abuse of power.

Zille believes that in this situation — a ruling party divided and with democrats of all races finding their voices — there are opportunities to strengthen multi-party democracy in the forthcoming elections.

In her earlier address at the Northdale Civic Centre, Zille spoke about her anti-drug campaign and said she believes drug abuse will become an even bigger problem than HIV/Aids in SA.

Recent statistics have found that 70% to 80% of crimes committed are directly linked to drug and alcohol abuse, said Zille.

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