Helen Zille has made bold predictions about winning the 2019 elections and winning over 30% in the 2014 elections (although later retracting on the latter preposterous 30% claim) but are these objectives even remotely achievable given that the party continues to contradict its own policies? I voted for the ANC in the 2009 national elections but I’ve become somewhat disillusioned with gupta-gate, ANN7 news, a highly dysfunctional youth agency amongst a barrage of other unpleasantness. My vote is up for grabs but if you think you will get my vote with unclear strategies than you have another thing coming.
I’m sure President Jacob Zuma must feel like I do when I experience slow internet connection whenever that blasted e-toll issue is mentioned. Worst of all e-tolls weren’t even his own administration’s doing. The DA has rightly jumped on the issue and Mmusi Maimane (DA’s Gauteng premier candidate) has come out and said, ‘if elected Gauteng premier, I pledge to do everything possible to stop e-tolling in its tracks.’ He has said similar statements during various media interviews and on his twitter account. Then his boss Helen Zille admitted during a SA Institute for Race Relations seminar last Thursday that the DA could not undo contracts they inherit and could only stop the South African National Roads Agency Limited from multiplying the number of toll roads in future. Ok what here, you have two very senior DA leaders saying two vastly different things, one says he’ll scrap e-tolls and the other says she can’t undo the contracts they inherit which one is it?
BEE, it’s a very big issue in South Africa and I for one support the policy and any party I vote for would need to be pro-BEE. In fact I’d go as far as saying BEE should be more aggressively imposed, many people seem to casually forget that we had WEE (white economic empowerment) for over four decades (selective memory syndrome) it affects all of us. So what is the DA’s stance on this issue? The DA recently put up a massive billboard with an ambiguous message stating ‘we support BEE that creates jobs not Billionaires.’ What does that even mean? It seems to me like the billboard is actually says the DA supports job creation but have put BEE there to just win over black voters. To add to the confusion Wilmot James a DA MP stated in a radio interview with PowerFM the party would replace BEE with "diversity economic empowerment" if it were in power. So why is the DA’s premier candidate in Gauteng talking about BEE scorecards in response to how the DA would expand on current BEE legislation Mmusi Maimane had the following to say; ’we support the use of a B-BEE scorecard to stimulate investment by the business community in a broad range of empowerment measures – including skills development, enterprise development and social investment.’ So is the DA DEE or BEE, well you decide.
If voters are truly going to going to turn away from the ANC they need to know what on earth they are getting into. You can’t be vague on major issues and go around promising to stop things (e-tolls) that you have no power to stop. The DA cannot continue to rely on merely reacting to everything going on in the ANC and let this determine its way forward. If the DA seriously wants to be a governing party and not an opposition party they need to sit down around a boardroom table and spell out what their stance is on major issues, and when that happens senior leaders will stop contradicting each other in the public domain. For now though the DA doesn’t have my vote.
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