DA in KZN ‘no longer opposition party’

2017-03-08 06:00

THE Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal said it is no longer an opposition party but a government in waiting.

This was claimed by legislature party leader Francois Rodgers, during his “alternative state of the province address” at a packed Truro Hall in Northdale on Monday.

Rodgers delivered what he deemed the party’s rescue plan for KZN, ahead of Premier Willies Mchunu’s State of the Province address yesterday.

“The shift in politics means that the DA will no longer follow an ANC-set agenda that has no direction, no purpose and no tangible results for its people.

“Instead, we will set the agenda, proving workable solutions to the many issues that continue to plague KZN communities.”

Rodgers took swipes at the ANC-led government for failing to deliver promises in key portfolios such as health, education, economic development, social development, agriculture and transport.

“The people of KZN have lost hope and no longer have faith in an ANC government. They are disheartened and disillusioned, and they are sick to death of empty promises about job creation when in fact every year more and more [people] are becoming unemployed,” he said.

He said the ANC’s “radical economic transformation” is little more than a campaign slogan in the run up to the 2019 elections.

“The truth is, the ANC woke up with a bloody nose on August 4 and realised that it needed to come up with a new campaign slogan to try and keep its ever-diminishing grip on power,” said Rodgers.

Outlining the DA’s rescue plan, he said it will focus on skills for jobs and economic growth, while providing opportunity regardless of political affiliation.

Part of the transformation in the health sector he said will be to put an immediate stop to the Cuban doctor programme.

“This programme is not cost effective and is fraught with internal challenges. If anything, Cuban medical students can train on South African soil for a small fee,” he said.

Rodgers added that the rescue plan is based on the DA’s proven record of delivery where it has taken over from the ANC.

“The people of KZN have lost hope and no longer have faith in an ANC government. They are disheartened and disillusioned, and they are sick to death of empty promises.”

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