Magashule’s address a 'copy and paste' of old speeches - DA

2016-02-16 15:53
Ace Magashule (File, Volksblad)

Ace Magashule (File, Volksblad)

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Bloemfontein – Free State Premier Ace Magashule’s State of the Province Address on Tuesday was a rehash of previous speeches, the DA said.

"It appears that Magashule has run out of aces. The speech delivered today is nothing but a copy and paste from previous Sopas, rehashing promises that he would never be able to keep," DA leader in the provincial legislature, Roy Jankielsohn, said.  

Magashule had failed to mention any efforts to eradicate corruption in his Cabinet, despite two MECs who were facing numerous charges of fraud and corruption still serving in the executive.

If Magashule was serious about fighting corruption he would dismiss these two MECs, he said.

Magashule acknowledged the current drought, but failed to announce how he will help farmers, Jankielsohn said.

The Freedom Front Plus' MPL Wouter Wessels agreed.

"The premier made the right noises with regards to the fact that we are in a financial crisis, but now the province has spent more on this event than what Parliament spent during the State of the Nation address. There is now lunch for 1 200 people, and that is unacceptable," he said. 

Earlier on Tuesday, Magashule said residents could not blame the ANC for the drought.

The Free State was one of the provinces that have been declared a drought disaster area. 

Magashule said that for the first time in years, the country would have to import maize.

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