The DA claims that it represents the poor, the smallest people whose voice are in most cases unheard. They want to improve their lives by providing better services, better education, better health, better this, better that and as Mbeki once said “and so on and so forth and stuff like that”.
But why are they focusing on Gauteng if they want to improve the living conditions of the poor. Why can’t they focus in areas such as Eastern Cape, the Bantustans which were crippled and left behind by the apartheid government?
In last year’s Matric Results the Western Cape was beaten by Gauteng with its passes. Both provinces’ economy is fast and vibrant. They enjoy better living conditions than other provinces. Their education system is the best in the country.
The answer is simple and discomforting to some and may lead to denial; the DA is not for the smallest poor people. It’s for those who live better lives than others. Since it’s in control of the second leading provincial economy; it now wants to country the leading one which is the Gauteng province: a province which holds most of the country’s wealth which is largely in the hands of apartheid beneficiaries.
The DA wants to protect the interests of these beneficiaries from Transformation which they now call reversed apartheid when it seeks to redress past imbalances.
The DA wants to give the people equal opportunities in an unequal society like Gauteng instead of justice and fairness which South Africa now needs.
The DA does not care about the poor in Soweto or Alexandra but cares about the wealthy in areas such as Pretoria and Johannesburg. It cares about their business and their suburban homes.
It simply sees people in poor areas as voters who will enable them to achieve these goals of protecting apartheid beneficiaries.
It has proven through its leadership in the Western Cape that it does not care about the poor living in the background created by the apartheid regime for the poor.
It has continuously lied to them by evicting them in lands using laws that do not exist in the democratic constitutions of South Africa but would exist in the Republic of Helen Zille they sought to achieve.
They continuously provide better services to the wealthy in the suburban areas where most apartheid beneficiaries live by providing safe reliable transport: building cycle and bus lanes for them to get to work safe and on time. While the poor cram in trains for days on end.
Instead of being provided decent sanitation and services for the poor they are given portable toilets that flush and keep the waste in same 1 rooms shack they’re supposed to eat and sleep in.
The recent StatsSA are a testimony to lies Helen Zille and her supporters continue to feed the people of Western Cape and now the people of Gauteng.
Since the DA took over Western Cape from the ANC in 2009 it has instead of increasing its budgets in spending for the poor decreased it. But continues to twist this and lie to the media that they spend more for the poor when in fact they don’t.
Currently, there are over 330 000 people under the age of 30 without jobs in the Western Cape. This is high considering that there were 289 000 in 2009 when they took over. This means over 41 000 young people joined the unemployed under Helen Zille as a premier.
StatsSA shows that in 2012, the Gauteng province dropped unemployment by 100 000 people, the Eastern Cape dropped unemployment by 34 000 while KwaZulu Natal dropped it by 45 000.
In Western Cape unlike the in other provinces, unemployment increased by 45 000 youths. This, despite the Youth Wage subsidy they hail to work in the provinces and promises Gauteng to introduce it if they win.
The ANC built 72 792 houses in the Western Cape from 2004 till 2009, whilst the DA has only built 42 741 houses since April 2009 to date. The DA has actually regressed by failing to meet the housing development targets instead of progressively reducing the housing backlog.
These statistics further proves that the DA always distorts the truth and if you’re an informed citizen who does not only read newspapers which sell by exaggerating issues but also read on factual statistics and research conducted by independent bodies you will be attacked.
If the DA wins Gauteng.
DA supporters will tell you that the DA is justified in providing poor services for the poor because they are refugees coming from other provinces. Suddenly, all blacks will be refuges in Gauteng, they will be called immigrants and people undeserving of equal delivery of services.
The will be evicted with imaginary laws in the land they occupy and lied to just to get their votes that will protect and further increase the gap between the country’s apartheid beneficiaries and those that were oppressed by the regime.
The DA and its supporters will start comparing the Gauteng province and Western Cape to poor provinces claiming to provide far better services when in fact they have hijacked the developed ones.
They will all forget that urbanisation is not a DA-led province phenomenon but a global one. People are moving closer to big cities for jobs, education and other services to better their lives. They don’t go to provinces because they’re led by the DA or ANC. But the DA will forget this and call those people coming in to Gauteng immigrants as if they are foreign nationals.
And you will hear them comparing Gauteng and Western Cape to poor provinces and if they did not hijack far developed, far better and far economic advanced provinces than those that were Bantustans.
I urge you to stop comparing these provinces to the poor ones; it’s highly unfair, ignorant and plays blindly to our unequal and unjust past.
Written by ESETHU HASANE, a SASCO and ANCYL leader at UCT.Follow @esethu_u
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