WCape ANC to present alternative SOPA

2016-02-22 16:15

Cape Town – The African National Congress will present an alternative State of the Province Address (SOPA) at the Western Cape legislature, the party said on Monday.

This was in response to Premier Helen Zille’s SOPA, presented on Friday, February 19, in which she focused on the economy, jobs, and youth development.

Political parties including the Democratic Alliance, the ANC, and the Economic Freedom Fighters, would debate Zille’s speech in the Western Cape legislature on Tuesday.

The ANC intended leading a march to the legislature and it expected over 3 000 people to attend, said spokesperson, Yonela Diko. They would include ANC, SA Communist Party, and SA National Civic Organisation members.

Little hope for poor people

The Western Cape ANC's acting chairperson, Khaya Magaxa, said Zille had not adequately addressed concerns about race or inequality.

“It was a poor speech that had very little hope for poor people. Varied issues where touched upon by Zille, save for very crucial ones. She talks about stuff, but does not give a tangible plan to deal with it,” Magaxa said.

The ongoing killings of pupils in and around schools and problems facing farmworkers were ignored.

Magaxa said the party would not hold its punches in the debate.

On Friday, the DA said Zille’s SOPA was a testimony of excellent performance. MP Kevin Mileham said it was clear the Western Cape was the country's best performing province. 

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