Mazibuko election good for SA - Zuma

2011-11-01 11:07
Cape Town - The election of Lindiwe Mazibuko as the DA's parliamentary leader augurs well for South Africa, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday.

“I think this augurs well for South Africa,” Zuma said at a question and answer breakfast hosted by The New Age newspaper in Cape Town.

“I think it is an indication that our democracy works, as well as empowerment of women works, regardless of the background they come from.”

Mazibuko was elected for the position over the highly experienced Athol Trollip.

“I think the fact that you have an experienced male person who was a contender being defeated by a young lady goes a long way to show that democracy works in this country," Zuma said.

“It gives an opportunity to all South Africans of all ages to participate."

Zuma said the Democratic Alliance would not control the Western Cape permanently.

“People in the Western Cape have a particular taste in terms of politics. It is not a permanent issue.

“Rest assured once the ANC was in charge here, it was not permanent.

“Now the DA is in charge it cannot be permanent.”

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