Others speak of a better life for all, we're delivering it – Helen Zille

2014-03-08 16:15

A corruption-free government, service delivery to communities and investment in infrastructure will stimulate growth in the SA economy, DA leader Helen Zille has said.

Speaking in Blue Downs, Cape Town, today, Zille said: “In this election, there will be a lot of people saying they will cut corruption. But those are the same people who are the most corrupt. It doesn’t make sense.

“We also know that entrepreneurs do not invest in businesses where governments are corrupt. Corruption chases away investment and makes poor people even poorer.”

Zille said the DA has proven that it can deliver reforms that end corruption and create jobs.

“While others speak of the better life for all, we are actually delivering it,” she said.

“In this province, we have helped thousands of new businesses to grow and thrive, by making it easier to run a business, and by cutting red tape.”

The DA government has assisted 22 000 entrepreneurs with support and finance and opened 20 small business access points across the province, Zille claimed.

On combating poverty, Zille said hardships had ruined the promise of freedom for many South Africans. She said individuals needed education and skills to be economically independent.

“That is why, in the Western Cape, we spend 76% of our budgets on poor communities. That means that nearly R8 out of every R10 is spent delivering services, health, education, housing and social services to those people who need it most,” she said.

The DA hopes to spread the “Western Cape story” to all provinces after the tightly contested May 7 elections.

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