Zille: Protest march not the answer

2013-04-05 16:04

Johannesburg - Service delivery protest marches do not make any difference, DA leader Helen Zille said in Sterkspruit in the Eastern Cape on Friday.

"The truth is, protest marches rarely change anything because making a noise doesn’t change a government."

She was speaking to residents after a tour of the ANC-run Senqu municipality.

Zille said when a municipal office was burnt down in September last year, it only made things worse for the rest of the town.

"Now you have to travel to Lady Grey to speak to the council. Toyi-toying has a place, when it is done peacefully, but the only way to bring about real change in a democracy is through your vote," she said.

In a service delivery protest in February this year, residents shut down the town for two weeks, demanding a stand-alone municipality which was not part of the Senqu municipality.

"It is no good voting ANC on Wednesday and toyi-toying on Thursday. You must vote for a different party."

She said many people wanted to live in DA -run municipalities because the party did its best to deliver services.

"In Cape Town, people are moving out of poverty because we invest more in services and infrastructure that benefit the poor than any other city in the country."

Zille said the DA wanted to close the gap between rich and poor.

The ANC in the Eastern Cape described Zille's visit as an opportunistic tour.

"As the ANC, we are watching her opportunistic visit with keen interest and we are not amazed by her acts of desperation," said provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane.

"Our government, working with local stakeholders, is attending to the issues of Sterkspruit and there is no need for her to interfere on this issue."

  • warren-rodel - 2013-04-05 16:13

    Oscar Mabuyane you desperately need to start addressing internal issues, you know that even ANC people are changing their minds about the ANC group because they don't deliver, they steal, etc - fact.

      Tsepo Mdlalose - 2013-04-05 16:45

      The ANC will try and keep SA like the rest of Africa. In poverty.. corruption driven.. Dictatorship.. I can go on for hours. The DA will close the cap and bring people together. Like they demonstrate in WC.

      Nthabi Makwetla - 2013-04-05 17:34

      The difference here is that the ANC is more trustable for people than the DA, for historical and present facts. Cape Town has efficient services for White People whilst Black people live in Shacks.

      Heini Botes - 2013-04-05 17:57

      Sad reality is that as much as I do know the DA will be better for the country, nothing will change unless the lazy sack dwellers get over this disease called entitlement. Who think they are entiteld to free housing, free water, free electricity, free food, all this while contribution absolutely nothing the fellow citizens or the country by means of taxes etc. This may sound awfull and hate saying this, but while people, especially the poor are left uneducated and breeding this country will move into deeper and deeper dept and poor will get poorer. No economy can sustain 6,7,8 strong family while those families can barely support 2. Not America, not China, not Austalia. It's sad to say but its the truth

      warren-rodel - 2013-04-05 18:25

      Nthabi then vote IFP rather.

      Motlalepula Matshwe - 2013-04-05 18:32

      Nthabi these morons still bliv they can think for us why should u vote IFP,allow them to make a lot of noise and expose their ignorance and stupidity on this forum...remember what Steve Biko said Black man you are on your own

      Heini Botes - 2013-04-05 18:35

      @Motlalepula ..hehe, ignorance is bliss hey. And then you wonder why Africa stays behind to the rest of the world. #daft

      Tuner - 2013-04-05 21:56

      Funny, the anc says "As the ANC, we are watching her opportunistic visit with keen interest"!! When Zille moves into what they consider their territory, they get scared, very scared.

      Rowan Clark - 2013-04-06 09:46

      Helen is being "Watched" because they have no idea what to "Do" when delivery stops ,other than watch those that are watching the watchers .

      Mike Hansonn - 2013-04-08 13:56

      Nthabi,shampies and what a load of hog....stop playing the victim and as I see it tax payers should be the first to looked after...blacks will always be in shacks as hte uneducated display no emphasis on education and or birth conreol for that matter...

      Jo Marais - 2013-11-23 12:29

      @Motlale, one thing you should really try to understand: Jo:"EVERY man, you are on your own!"... Get over you skin color brother... it's not affecting anyone but yourself!

  • Ian Despy - 2013-04-05 16:14

    cANCer wont expect to see this coming either in 2014 when they lose the majority.

      Motlalepula Matshwe - 2013-04-05 18:16

      Dream on Ian,see u in 2014.Better promise to leave our country when we get more than 67,5% of the votes and we change the constitution.

      Tsepo Mdlalose - 2013-04-08 09:49

      @Motlalepula Matshwe. Talking about changing the constitution. Hows that working out for the rest of Africa? You so happen to use one of the wonderful things the west brought to Africa. Good luck with your bush mentality.

      Jo Marais - 2013-11-23 12:34

      @Mot, your country? lol... you do know that you can't change the constitution that it says everyone except CancER supporter should be in the country... are you about 12 years old... noob...

  • Peter Neil - 2013-04-05 16:25

    "As the ANC, we are watching her opportunistic visit with keen interest and we are not amazed by her acts of desperation," said provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane. Oscar - It is this very arrogance that is sinking the cANCer party you idiot cause look at your next statement. You guys make it so easy for Zille...give her a challenge at least for heaven sake. Is ANYTHING dshe said UNTRUE?? Exactly "Our government, working with local stakeholders, is attending to the issues of Sterkspruit and there is no need for her to interfere on this issue." IS ATTENDING TO....SINCE 1994!!! Eish sorry comrades, I was busy at lunch after taking delivery of my new black Merc. hahahahahahaha!

  • warren-rodel - 2013-04-05 16:29

    Some ANC officials get offended so easily because they also know that they don't really deserve the position they have, so anyone or thing that could replace them is a threat. Maybe when Mandela goes to polish the stars, then apartheid will loose it's "threat" power that the ANC love to strive on. I don't understand the comradeship how people want to continue the "struggle".

  • Gaby Hide - 2013-04-05 16:39

    Well Mrs Zille certainly made a big impression on Mr Mabuyane. Maybe he will pay attention now. Ha Ha. This is exactly what we need.

  • Democrazy - 2013-04-05 16:42 the anc rats spit and spew now

  • Peasant McPoor - 2013-04-05 16:49

    Zille has an awesome job! Piss the anc off like every week...and all she does is tell the truth. Good times.

  • Muziwakhe Hlatshwayo - 2013-04-05 16:57

    Well said Helen. Make your vote count.

  • Tony King - 2013-04-05 17:01

    Go Helen Go - I admire you as a politician and as a real caring person. It's people like you that will grow our country to new heights. Keep up the good work.

  • John Nicholas - 2013-04-05 17:01

    "we are watching her opportunistic visit with keen interest and we are not amazed by her acts of desperation" This kind of statement must have the world in stitches. No decent, mature person would ever say stuff like this, but rather respond with something meaningful. Imagine behaving like this in any workplace?! Empty insults are all they can think of, and yet they run a country. It's incredible.

  • Davis Mathevula - 2013-04-05 17:01

    the only way to bring about is by voting for another partytrue that,Anc has failed us and i believe that Hellen Zille can run this country better than our current leadership.

  • Bongani Nsele - 2013-04-05 17:13

    it has been quiet...

  • Nthabi Makwetla - 2013-04-05 17:31

    Indeed the service delivery is efficient in Cape Town whilst Black people live in shacks, and you call that service delivery. The ANC is better for South Africa because they build houses and deliver other services to ALL PEOPLE and Not WHITE PEOPLE Only like in CT.

      Lenkamu Trading - 2013-04-05 18:07

      I don't trust either, they are all political parties trying to score points. I'm not voting for either. As for bridging the gap between the rich and the poor, that's laughable. Though I must say Soweto is Sandton compared to Khayelitsha and Gugulethu

      Gaby Hide - 2013-04-05 18:12

      @Nthabi, if service delivery in Cpt is only for white people, why did you move there? Why not move back to Jhb and experience that great delivery from the honest, dedicated ANC?

      warren-rodel - 2013-04-05 18:13

      @ Nthabi, shacks catch fire all the time and anywhere, and there are different races (yes even white people) that live in shacks. its impossible that only white people get services in CT, because everyone in CT does! What about the other areas of South Africa with shacks, do they get service? - no they don't, what about schools - they don't, in fact ANC can't service anything! Can you state anything that the ANC do right? The sad thing is that the ANC has made you believe so strongly of how apartheid will come back if you don't vote for them which is False! Like you I am also South African, and we have choices, rather vote IFP or COPE in if you don't like the DA. Think about what you say here, because you don't want to look like a fool.

      JamesMWood - 2013-04-05 18:37

      @nthabi hahahahahahahahahahhahahahhahaha,good one! Tell us again how the ANCants deliver

      Tsepo Mdlalose - 2013-04-08 09:57

      @Nthabi Makwetla. The DA has built more houses for the people in rural areas. BTW. You also work for what you get. If you sit all day and just DEMAND you'll most probably get a shack to live in

  • Mamokwee Rathipa - 2013-04-05 17:32

    It is possible that DA can bring changes in South African municipalities.

  • Mamokwee Rathipa - 2013-04-05 17:37

    Non service delivery affects everyone ANC or not, we are all driving on potholes roads, we all live in dusty roads.

      warren-rodel - 2013-04-05 18:15

      This is so true!

      Jo Marais - 2013-11-23 12:48

      True, after all the politicians have said what they wanted to and made their empty promises and we are all back on our way on the N1 to JHB...I will be the one paying for not only my own etolls, but also (with my taxes) for who ever the A-hole in the middle of the blue light brigade is...

  • andrejvv - 2013-04-05 17:37

    @Nthabi, wake up and smell the coffee.

  • Tf Freeze - 2013-04-05 17:50

    anc have failed the people of this country.

  • Tf Freeze - 2013-04-05 17:50

    time for changes.

  • Mamokwee Rathipa - 2013-04-05 17:57

    Yes Freeze, the change is now.

  • Terence Wessels - 2013-04-05 18:03

    Helen, you are fighting for what is right and a better SA, just like you fought the NP tooth and nail for the same reasons. I have tremendous respect for you iron lady. Please help us?

      Karabo Phetoane - 2013-04-05 18:08

      you must tell your Hellen to look for more funds from the Guptas

      warren-rodel - 2013-04-05 18:23

      Karabo the Madam is too busy fixing the ANC disasters, shame man, maybe that fat lazy guy shower head can do his job for once.

  • Mamokwee Rathipa - 2013-04-05 18:08

    Karabo, you are offending Whites who are anc members. DA is not supported by whites only. SA is a democratic country.

      warren-rodel - 2013-04-05 18:34

      you get offended too easily, that's only 1 person, and you kinda start first by mentioning colour. The ANC have shrunk your options to vote for IFP or COPE instead. Just think about voting for better service, drop the race issues that you think people have.

  • Moses Govender - 2013-04-05 18:51

    The useless ANC makes it so easy for any political party to make a decent argument why no one should vote for them. Unfortunately for the DA and co , all the masses of rural illiterate people will as usual be frightened into voting for corruption again!

  • Piero Mendace - 2013-04-05 18:55

    Karabo, shame what a acid person you are.. And by the way its not your motherland its just as much ours!! and by the time your beloved anc had finished there will be nothing left of it.. Nothing your beloved party has done is a success. Face the facts, majority or not, you have failed us all. Stop being so acid and open your eyes..

  • Piero Mendace - 2013-04-05 18:56

    You seen to have an issue with breeding rabbits, if it bugs you so much do something about it!. Again its not majority, quality not quantity..

  • Karabo Phetoane - 2013-04-05 19:02

    @Warren she could have done that long ago when her brothers and sister were oppressing us,she spoke seldom because she had her slice of bread buttered on both sides and now she play a messiah.She will always look for her interests,ambitions and her fellow pale people not for us black unless she will be using us to be elevated to the highest seat in the country.I will always treat this situation same as the holocaust,we won't be stupid enough to put a white person in office again and suffer the atrocities and hardship we went through earlier in our lives.

      Peter Sabatha - 2013-04-05 19:22

      karabo truth hurt.don't trust anyone.may god bless.

      Mariette Troxler - 2013-04-05 19:50

      Karabo you have no idea of Helen's history and I suspect that you are too stubborn and bitter to inform yourself. Shame, stew in your ignorance.

      Rob N Jan Prestwich - 2013-04-05 20:27

      "we won't be stupid enough to put a white person in office again" Sad to hear it. Of course all white people want to subject black people to an apartheid regime. What a rediculous point of view. I have no interest in the colour of a leader, other than that they are doing a good job for the country, something which the present regime has completely failed to do. It has succeeded in creating a new form of apartheid. The cadre elite and the rest, swimming in poverty, which will soon become destitution. So when people begin to suffer even more you can say: "I did that"

      Mc Segal - 2013-04-06 19:25

      Pity Mandela was not able to run for a second term...

  • Cnikiwe Lolwana - 2013-04-05 21:03

    She's been doing this for a long time n still people vote for ANC, cnt she see that people are not interested?

      Jo Marais - 2013-11-23 12:54

      Question: Are the DA's numbers increasing or decreasing...? I would be embarrassed to make an ignorant statement like you...

  • Jaybeebaby - 2013-04-05 21:22

    ANC feeling threatened again because they know she is speaking the truth.

      Muzi Gee Jikamen - 2013-04-06 19:52

      ANC is neva a soul provider.they just need money for their tired of votin at all.

  • Cathy Cooper van Vollenstee - 2013-04-06 09:00

    "As the ANC, we are watching her opportunistic visit with keen interest and we are not amazed by her acts of desperation," said provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane. "Our government, working with local stakeholders, is attending to the issues of Sterkspruit and there is no need for her to interfere on this issue." Bwhahahahahaha! You sound like the idiot you are Oscar Mabuyane!

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