Mokonyane queen of empty promises: DA

2011-02-24 16:00
Johannesburg - Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane was dubbed the "queen of empty promises" by Democratic Alliance (DA) Gauteng spokesperson Jack Bloom on Thursday following her State of the Province address.

"Madam premier, you were known as the queen of empty promises when you were MEC for housing. So far, you are repeating that role as premier," Bloom said in the State of the Province debate.

He said Mokonyane could not "wriggle out" of the disastrous decision to toll roads, which would hit already hard-pressed motorists.

He asked how jobs would be created when the government's failure to pay hundreds of companies was forcing many of them out of business, more would be forced out of Gauteng when the toll fees raised the cost of doing business in the province.

"Last year she apologised 'most profoundly' for late payments, but this year we don't even get an apology - just another empty promise," said Bloom.

There were 9 484 accounts of hospital suppliers not paid, amounting to more than R1bn, he said.

Hospitals were breaking down because of a lack of maintenance and equipment failure.

Bloom said emergency response times had sunk to their lowest ever with only 33% responded to within 15 minutes, instead of the international standard of 80%.

"I am afraid the excuses are running out," he said.

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