Cape Town - Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba
used a government dialogue with Cape Town residents on Thursday to take a dig
at the DA and its policies.
"They are not the devil's brothers. They are not the
devil's relatives. They are the devils themselves," he told the packed OR
Tambo Hall in Khayelitsha.
"And so our modern-day devils, two-legged as they
are, are liars and cannot face the truth."
He said the truth was that the ANC had created conditions
in the country that showed "we have a good story to tell".
He was speaking at an event that had been billed as a
dialogue between his department, Eskom and Transnet, and residents.
Both Eskom and Transnet gave brief presentations on their
willingness to involve residents in various projects and feedback on
improvements for their areas.
Residents were given an opportunity to ask questions
before Gigaba's speech.
A large portion of the crowd was dressed in the black,
green and gold of the ANC. The various entertainment acts also waxed lyrical
about the party and got the crowd to join in ANC songs.
Gigaba was applauded for speaking out on the DA's
policies on land, saying the party wanted land to remain in the hands of a
"We have to vote because they don't want us to
change the willing-buyer, willing-seller principle and replace it with the just
and equitable compensation principle.
"This is what these coming elections are about. This
is what everything we are doing on a daily basis is about."
He criticised the party for its claim of creating six
million "real" jobs.
"They have not been able to build one real job in
the Western Cape. How will they manage to build six million real jobs anywhere
in South Africa?" he asked.
Gigaba said it was not right to call Eastern Cape
residents living in Cape Town "refugees", referring to a comment made
in the past by Western Cape premier and DA leader Helen Zille.
He said many people had to support more than two people
and sent their salaries back to the rural areas of the Eastern Cape to feed
"These are the same workers who are subsequently
called refugees in the Western Cape, in the country of their birth, in the
country they died defending.
"This is your country. You cannot be told where to
Gigaba said the ANC was a party of the future, not a
party of the past or present.
Over the last five years, the government had spent R1trn
building new infrastructure, which had resulted in the emergence of new
industries and factories, he said.
"We're seeing state-owned companies investing more
money into skills development... for a change, we're beginning to see
state-owned companies beginning to increase their investment into the