DA delivers fighting farewell

2012-11-22 22:26

Cape Town - Breaking a long tradition of jovial year-end farewell speeches, DA Chief Whip Watty Watson launched a stinging attack on his ANC counterpart in the National Assembly on Thursday.

To a chorus of catcalls and heckling from African National Congress benches, he also used the occasion to tell MPs the ruling party was "making a mockery" of the entire parliamentary system.

"I want to contend that instead of farewell speeches, we should be taking this time to debate the very important matter of a vote of no confidence in the President [Jacob Zuma]," Watson said.

"I will therefore refrain... from participating in the convention of saying nice things to each other, particularly because the ANC shows no respect for the very fundamental conventions and constitutional rights we have as an opposition to have a debate... on a motion of no confidence."

Thursday was the last official sitting day of the National Assembly this year.

Earlier, the Western Cape High Court dismissed an urgent application - brought by Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko on behalf of eight opposition parties - to force a debate on the motion before Parliament went into recess.

In a speech punctuated by repeated calls for order from Speaker Max Sisulu, Watson said the ANC was using Parliament to serve its own purpose and to promote only one viewpoint.

"I am not proud... I am embarrassed and I am ashamed. In its performance as a Parliament of the people, this institution is an absolute disgrace.

"It is being run by an ANC Chief Whip [Mathole Motshekga] who has done his level best to undermine democratic authority of this institution to promote his own... political career," Watson said.

In his farewell speech, Inkatha Freedom Party Chief Whip Koos van der Merwe did his best to restore some Christmas cheer.

"I prefer to speak to you in the spirit of Christmas," he pointedly told MPs, before informing them that next Friday he would have served as an MP for 35 years.

"There are [currently] 16 serving members of Parliament who were only born after I arrived here [in 1977]."

He also warned his fellow parliamentarians to beware of what he called VIP fever.

"That is the fever of believing that now that you are an MP, you are a very important [person]. Let me warn you, that fever has cut short many careers in Parliament," he said.

Freedom Front Plus Chief Whip Corné Mulder struck a more sombre note.

"There is a huge temptation to read the feeling in the House, and to play back to that feeling and be friendly and jovial and just say all the nice things. That's the temptation.

"But, I think we should look at ourselves in a very serious manner today."

Referring to the earlier High Court ruling regarding debate on the vote of no confidence in Zuma, he urged all to read it.

"Make a point, get it, and read that judgment. Because although the application was dismissed, the content of the judgment has a huge impact on us as Parliament... I think we should take it very, very seriously," he said.

In her farewell speech, African Christian Democratic Party Chief Whip Cheryllyn Dudley reflected on Zuma's "vying for top spot" at the ANC's national elective conference in Mangaung next month.

"How Christmassy does that sound?" she asked.

Dudley described Zuma as a "super" optimist.

"Optimists see the light at the end of the tunnel. Now, he sees the light, but swears blind there is no tunnel," she told MPs.

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-11-22 22:45

    Telling it like it is won't do anything with the cANCer.

      art5SA - 2012-11-23 02:42

      The ANC normally throws a couple of chairs, and swing a load of fists....

      beverly.young3 - 2012-11-23 05:24

      @ Art5sa> nah, the fat cats are thinking of festivities taking no notice of what is going on. Half of them are asleep, (have you seen the pics?) and some oke mouthing off at them is like water over a ducks etc. Since their leader is 'min gepla' why should they care?

      thefith.element.3 - 2012-11-23 06:16

      Christmas cheer, so this is how it will be going down.....we the tax payers will probably pay millions for Christmas parties for every Government Department!!!! Merry Christmas, we are getting shafted as per usual. Go Watson, why be nice about it.

      luther.kingsley.5 - 2012-11-23 08:24

      Yes unfortunately a waste of words, the ANC does not have a conscious, they are too thick skinned and arrogant to even respect the constitution why would they even listen to the DA.

      marc.klynhans - 2012-11-23 09:10

      kagiso - you're so dumb! R200m could have been used to build at least 20 decent schools. (How many more could be built with the billions that are lost each year?) If the corrupt officials worked as hard to get money for the people that need it as they work to get it for themselves (corruptly), this country wouldn't be in the terrible state it is.

      christopher.shining - 2012-11-23 09:42

      @sphe...the anc message is "we going to plunder the coffers of the taxman, and drink moet & chandon, oh and screw you South Africa" I think news 24 is partial to anc now..

      christopher.shining - 2012-11-23 09:44

      @Luther...They just too thick.

  • werner.pretorius.12 - 2012-11-22 23:11

    Sjoe en dan kla hulle ons onderwysers het n lang vakansie. Die leiers vd land gaan nou al op vakansie!!!

  • declan.kelly.54 - 2012-11-23 01:17

    I don't like the fact that 2 parties that should be governing together are taking up such opposing, angry stances against each other. They are only polarising people further, and need to work these issues out. Polarising people might be good politicking, but it's not very healthy for society. People should be unsure who to vote for until they know all the pros and cons of a party's views, decide based on a promised future, and hold the people they vote for accountable for performance. If ANC doesn't get rid of its bad element, nothing is ever going to be resolved. In an ideal world, right..?

      henk63 - 2012-11-23 06:24

      If evereyone there was on the same intellectual level, it could be an ideal world. Unfortunately it is impossible to lift those morons out of their level of being, even for a second.

      heinrich.etsebeth - 2012-11-23 06:58

      That is just the thing. The ANC has promised for the past 18 years but they haven't delivered.

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-11-23 02:47

    All nice and well but just get that farking pig to jail....

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-11-23 02:49

    Please don't come and defend the anc you must get rid of that anc mentality...

      heinrich.etsebeth - 2012-11-23 07:00

      No we dislike the ANC simply because they know exactly how to steal our money... keep the majority of the voters ignorant... avoid being convicted... undermine the very fundamentals of our democracy... should I go on?

      harald.voney - 2012-11-23 07:48

      Nkululeko, as unbeleivable as this might seem to you, I know loads of whities who voted ANC in '94... and now are complettly dumbstruck at the results of their 20 years of rule. They all voting DA now... So does that mean the DA is the new lideration party; maybe the only party with the right policies to give this "economic freedom"?

      mark.corrigan.3910 - 2012-11-23 08:57

      Nkululeko, with no due respect, take that apartheid and shove it! You think the ANC single-handedly ended apartheid, with no help from anyone else? You are a fool, because anyone can tell you that the ANC had help from the British to protect their interests (including MINING interests) in SA once the ANC took over - that's right, Nkulu - the ANC is an imperialist's b*tch! Please read heinrich's response AGAIN for clarity.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-11-23 04:42

    The ANC has disgraced itself once again and in the process brings further disgrace to South Africa as a whole, heckling in parliament does not take the fact away that the 'President' their ruling party elected has been called to the point of no-confidence by all the opposition parties has actually started making the public dislike them with an growing passion. They must not believe that they carry massive support even under their own electorate, they have burnt any threads of respect, and replaced it with arrogance...... reminds me of the old Nationalists......

  • ben.lantz1 - 2012-11-23 05:34

    Zuma the fox,has 3 father xmas's and 3 wise men Gupta,Shaik and Reddy I sometimes wonder who is head of the country?the biggest sponsor??

  • - 2012-11-23 07:23

    I can't remember zuma ever saying anything intellectual in any speeches that he delivered besides jiving and chanting and making funny hand gestures.I'm sure the foreign leaders are having a good laugh.

  • Zahir - 2012-11-23 07:27

    The DA respects the constituition ANC manipulates it too further there grip on power and money, mandela must be a broken man he gave his life for this

  • justin.b.whittaker - 2012-11-23 07:40

    Lindani ppl like u and ur views fuel white hatred towards black ppl ur petty corrupt parties and leaders.reversed opreesion is all thats happening.the black man now runs the country and has stolen our jobs becoz of his skin colour alone...but no...u want to steal track minded primemate bush mentality is what u have...ur day will come fool.

      Savethe White O - 2012-11-23 07:46

      Exactly I'm tired of being accused of being a racist so them be a racist. But should have not stooped to his level.

      heini.botes - 2012-11-23 11:53

      @lindani: Emmigrate to Australia...really now, that's you best response. How about we emmigrate and take everything with us? Everything you own is western developed, your car, your brick house, your tv, your cellphone, the internet you are talking crap on, tar roads, the clothes you want me to go on? Everything you own was designed and developed by us, westeners!! You are quick to say emmigrate here and emmigrate there, but it's nice to use all western tools hey. Bloody moron. Why don't you emmigrate back to the bush then. Put that in your pipe and smoke it!!

  • leon.toerien - 2012-11-23 08:01

    cANCer must take their "Flea infested" bodies and F...k off!

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-11-23 08:19

    So much for governing by the people for the people. The ANC has shown that real democracy is not live and well in South Africa. A self serving bunch of parasites living on the gravy train in my opinion!!

  • Gerhard - 2012-11-23 08:49

    Hear hear!!!!

  • mark.corrigan.3910 - 2012-11-23 09:11

    Really, now ANC groupies, it's time you confused people understood what's going on. Ignorance is NOT an excuse anymore. It's not a BLACK thing, for the last time! Zuma is pocketing money meant for service delivery, meant for poor people! GET IT?! FFS, Zuma is not your chief and he doesn't get to do what he wants, because you think he is your chief. Get it?! Stop thinking about your beautiful black skin and start realizing that your VOTE is destroying this country, unless you want the whole country to resemble to Limpopo. In which case, I hope you enjoy eating dirt.

      thebe.tau - 2012-11-23 11:55


  • justin.b.whittaker - 2012-11-23 09:23

    Oh yeah lindani i guess coz white ppl belong in australia huh???when then u should migrate back to the bush where u belong ..u intelligent being u.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-23 12:08

    Catcalls from the opposition?. I told you they had four feet.

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