One province at a time

2010-12-27 09:32

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader and Western Cape Premier Helen Zille is on a mission to take the country from the ANC municipality by municipality, and province by province.

Since taking over the reins in Western Cape, Zille has made it the DA’s ­priority to use the province as a model for alternative governance in SA.

This year, the Auditor-General ­declared the DA-run Western Cape as the cleanest province for efficiently and ­effectively running its departments.

The Business Interests of Employees Bill has been passed in Western Cape to stop provincial government ­employees from doing business with the provincial government.

The province is also in the process of completing a new ministerial ­handbook that will reduce what politicians can spend on things that have no ­direct bearing on service delivery.

The province’s human settlements ministry has been rated as the best ­performing, scoring 86%.

The Access to Basic Services Index for this year has rated the province number one in ­delivering services.Zille’s party has won 12 new seats in by-elections across the country since last year’s general election, with nine of those victories coming this year.

She says: “Eight of those 12 new seats were won off the ANC, and in most ­cases the ANC had held those seats ­consistently since 1994.

”In what was billed a “significant ­announcement” in August, the DA and Patricia de Lille’s Independent ­Democrats decided to join forces to ­consolidate the opposition’s power.

Zille is confident that the ANC’s days in power are numbered, saying: “The political contest in South Africa is now between the values of openness and ­opportunity for all envisaged in the Constitution versus the ruling party’s drive to limit opportunities to the ­politically connected few.”

Now Zille has her eyes set on ­capturing North West in next year’s ­local election, and Northern Cape in the 2014 general election.

Even though she has ruffled some feathers, the jury is still out as to ­whether Zille can bring the ANC to its knees next year, in 2014 and ­beyond.

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