Premier's speech: Opposition parties disappointed

2009-02-18 00:00

Opposition parties reacted with disappointment to Ndebele’s speech.

Bongani Msomi of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) said that Ndebele’s speech was a “show off” of what his party has done in the last five years.

President of the National Democratic Convention (Nadeco), Hawu Mbatha, said Ndebele failed to give a full assessment of corruption and the state of education in the province.

Democratic Alliance caucus leader in the legislature, Roger Burrows, said the speech avoided highlighting the ANC government’s failures, such as overexpenditure in the health department, the state of the Ithala Bank and the “severe” state of corruption in the provincial government.

Inkatha Freedom Party leader Lionel Mtshali said Ndebele’s speech put a positive spin on the disaster that has been his government since 2004.

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