DA lays into ANC chief whip

2012-10-31 09:32

Cape Town - DA Chief Whip Watty Watson has laid into his ANC counterpart Mathole Motshekga over an interfaith ceremony hosted by Parliament at a cost of R2.1m, it was reported on Wednesday.

The Cape Times reported that Watson accused Motshekga of abusing Parliament for his own political agenda, and called the conference held at the Good Hope centre on Tuesday a "Zuma charm offensive".

He said he would write to National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu to demand a full account of how the event and its funding had come about.

Watson told the newspaper that R715 930 was spent on transport for delegates and R438 500 on catering.

President Jacob Zuma was the keynote speaker at the event, which was attended by around 1 500 people from faith-based organisations.

At the event, Motshekga congratulated Zuma on his hard work to unite religious people and said "everybody wants to see you using your second term as president of the [ANC] and president of the country to consolidate the good work you have started".

According to the newspaper, Watson said Motshekga appeared to have put the event together "for his own political gain".

Motshekga's spokesperson Moloto Mothapo reportedly accused the Democratic Alliance of undermining reconciliation efforts.

  • piet.snot.77964 - 2012-10-31 09:37

    And on and on the gravy train rolls! And we the taxpayers just sit back and pay!

      lsfreak - 2012-10-31 09:48

      "everybody wants to see you using your second term as president of the [ANC] and president of the country to consolidate the good work you have started"... Who's this everybody he's refering to and when was Zipper re elected ??

      Andrea - 2012-10-31 10:11

      I'm not sure anybody can answer that question for you.

      honey.deelishus - 2012-10-31 10:21


  • werner.dippenaar.77 - 2012-10-31 09:41

    These fools do not know that the perpetual well of fortune is quickly drying up, then the party is over. Who are they going to blame then ? Verwoerd, the white people, the springboks, apartheid, casper de vries, who knows.

      Erna - 2012-10-31 10:35

      Steve Hofmeyer

      werner.dippenaar.77 - 2012-10-31 10:59

      Liewe Heksie

      kala.bafazi - 2012-10-31 11:25

      Naas Botha. Although he is a bit like zuma - Scared to tackle anything.

      parys.fotograaf - 2012-10-31 11:26

      They will never blame themselves that is a fact, typical of self-righteous commie types.

      yo.naidoo.7 - 2012-10-31 13:20

      Chuck Norris

      patsy.smith.125 - 2012-12-12 18:33

      Anyone but themselves and their greed

  • andre.hauptfleisch.9 - 2012-10-31 09:42

    They actually think they are doing a good job !!!! What a joke !!!

      christopher.shining - 2012-10-31 10:52

      ignorance is bliss

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-31 10:53

      NOPE - They know they have made an utter mess of 'governing' the country- they are now using tax money to buy votes. Eityher that, or they dont wanna hop off the gravy train.

  • greg.quinn.353 - 2012-10-31 09:43

    "everybody wants to see you using your second term as president of the [ANC] and president of the country to consolidate the good work you have started" Half of that budget must have been spent on some really GOOD weed.

      ykorff1 - 2012-10-31 10:22

      If only Greg!!!!

      parys.fotograaf - 2012-10-31 11:27

      Who does they bumpkin think he is to include me? I would prefer Zuma to never have come close to any office nor my tax money. That also goes for the criminal ANC.

  • rouen.heiberg - 2012-10-31 09:47

    Die gravyplane loop soos n jet!

  • SharonE - 2012-10-31 09:48

    It is the same as when the ANC hands out foodparcels when campaigning for an election as if they paid for them. Actually it is paid for by the taxpayer and meant for the people in any event, but it certainly makes the ANC look good!

      joe.smit.549 - 2012-10-31 10:11

      Unfortunately, NOTHING, makes cANCer look good, Sharon!

  • gary.desousa.7 - 2012-10-31 09:48

    Parliment (ANC) can spend all that money and NONE of the opposition knows about it beforehand?? Where the watchdogs? If 800,000 spent on transport,how was that organised? Who was invited?

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-31 10:46

      @gary. "If 800,000 spent on transport,how was that organised?" Very secretively and underhandedly. "Who was invited?" Faith-based organisations, with deep pockets and long arms. The proceeds that came out of this "event" should be paid back into the coffers. Not one of the ANC's "conferences/circuses" are free to see/rub shoulders with the "Ringmaster"

      parys.fotograaf - 2012-10-31 11:28

      Organized crime straight from parliament?

      saintbruce.bruce - 2012-10-31 12:30

      Good point Gary - any expediture over a certain value has to go out on a tender. I am not sure if the floor limit is R 500 000 but I would set it at R 50 000 and make these guys account for every cent spent and with whom it was spent. The ANC seem to behave as if South Africa is awash with money!

  • mholthuysen - 2012-10-31 09:52

    Why on earth would one want to spend almost half a million Rand for food during a church service. Are our politicians not fat enough? At 1500 present each would have "eaten" for R 293... nice going.... cANCer corrupt tossers!

      jacques.smit - 2012-10-31 10:27

      Thats the only way they can get their greedy people there.. promise free food..

      Erna - 2012-10-31 10:37

      If you look at the size of most of them, you'll realise how much they really eat! They seem to spend a lot of money on jolling.

  • craig.thom.376 - 2012-10-31 09:59

    Locusts consume...

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-31 10:24

      ....and leave nothing but bare earth behind them.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-10-31 10:01

    Well this was a good cause and I think the DA is trying it's luck anywhere now. And I was there

      mholthuysen - 2012-10-31 10:08

      Did you eat caviar and drink French champagne? That's normally what one would eat at a church service or?

      freddie.jones.58367 - 2012-10-31 10:11

      Just what 'good cause' was that? The Zooma re-election campaign? Oh sorry, I forgot we don't have Presidential Elections in SA.

      ally.oh.7 - 2012-10-31 10:14

      So tell us all, fatcat, what did you get out of it?

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-31 10:25

      No it was NOT for a good cause. It was a self serving little mission and at our expense as usual.

      Juan - 2012-10-31 10:25

      One of these days the ANC will be running out of luck, watch this space.....

      Erna - 2012-10-31 10:40

      Lucky you - it was just a "praise zuma" meeting - why does the taxpayer have to cover it.

      parys.fotograaf - 2012-10-31 11:30

      Thanks for identifying yourself as an enemy of the tax payer. You effectively took part in a robbery and thus belong in jail.

      patsy.smith.125 - 2012-12-12 18:43

      A good cause - FOR WHAT??? To fill already fat bellies even fuller? You might bluff yourself, but you can't bluff everyone. I would not brag about being there, I'd hide my head in shame

  • ana.curcic - 2012-10-31 10:03

    Make them pay it back.

  • sminx.r.mandla - 2012-10-31 10:04

    Consolidation Efforts my foot, at whose expense? Go screw yourselves!!!

  • tsietsi.mshengu - 2012-10-31 10:05

    Does Motshekga know the meaning of good job. Maybe he is referring to the good job his wife did with the textbook saga in Limpopom

  • Andrea - 2012-10-31 10:10

    Motshekga must have been the only one who could see "his hard work to unite religious people", they were just there for the food. Are chickens extinct yet?

  • ally.oh.7 - 2012-10-31 10:12

    I hope that the bill for the venue has been paid. Good Hope Centre belongs to Cape Town City Council, which is run by the DA, and we the ratepayers of Cape Town insist that full price be paid for the hire of the venue.

      Erna - 2012-10-31 10:42

      With the history the anc (and its comrades) have of not paying their bills, don't hold your breath.

      mzwa.mthombeni - 2012-10-31 11:11

      LOL. The president is not a refugee in the western cape. He's the president in all nine provinces of SA. As you may know,he has no cash-flow problems.

      kent.paulsen.79 - 2012-10-31 13:22

      @ mzwa.mthombeni. Of course he has not got cash-flow problems, he has your money, so you have cash flow problems.

      patsy.smith.125 - 2012-12-12 18:47

      No doubt you'll have to fight to get your money. They aren't the best payers according to many news reports

  • MarcelKotze - 2012-10-31 10:14

    "everybody wants to see you using your second term as president of the [ANC] and president of the country to consolidate the good work you have started" HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • Juan - 2012-10-31 10:14

    Getting so sick of this nonsense. Common people wake up & stop voting for these clowns

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-10-31 10:20

    Angie's husband, what else can u expect out those 2 except dissaster !

  • jannie.beirowski - 2012-10-31 10:23

    It is very comforting to note that 99% of the comments are anti-zoomer, anti-ANC. Maybe one supporting comment for the fools running the gravy train. I know this means nothing to be supported can be found by the ANC voters, and hope they will also realise they will have to withdraw their voting-support of the ANC-circus.

      Erna - 2012-10-31 10:43

      Unfortunately its not the ones with a thinking mind who vote for them.

  • afrikeni - 2012-10-31 10:25

    Why should these people not financed their way to this event if its so DEAR to their cause. I have not seen anyone paying me for helping my community - what a waste!

  • pws69 - 2012-10-31 10:25

    It is a common trend by the ANC. For the 2009 elections the stole over R700 million of tax payers money this way for their electioneering purposes.

  • helmut.smrz - 2012-10-31 10:25

    The day is coming when the anc will get drowend in the gravy

  • John.Yossarian22 - 2012-10-31 10:30

    A gathering of people who sell fairy tales to the masses. Zuma, and the ANC would have felt right at home. And Motshekga has a spokesperson? WTF for?

  • Erna - 2012-10-31 10:34

    And the grabbing continues. This is obviously an ANC event, promoting Zuma, and we are paying for it! Once again, the comrades don't know the difference between party and politics.

      werner.dippenaar.77 - 2012-10-31 11:02

      Usually one can follow a politicians accent to position, but these guys come out of nowhere. I doubt that they are elected to position according to executive protocol.

  • luke.dekoker - 2012-10-31 10:50

    How the hell can the corrupt spent R2.1m on an interfaith ceremony/ reconciliation while the country's poor are suffering?? I HOPE THESE RELIGIOUS PEOPLE ARE PRAYING FOR THE DOWNFALL OF THE anc corrupt crooks!!

      patsy.smith.125 - 2012-12-12 18:55

      They should also be praying for redemption for their own souls for supporting such a theft of the tax-payers' money

  • Peter Zylstra - 2012-10-31 10:59

    People stop complaining. We must realise that we live innn

  • guruswiz - 2012-10-31 11:10

    Lol, DA, Lol, What's up with DA? DA still loves complained every week and week over ANC, what's up? Lol DA lol!!!!

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-10-31 11:23

      The taxpayer has every right to know how the money is spent. The DA is the only opposition to make any noise about it and the only party that could save SA by good governance. They have nothing to prove. The Western Cape is the ONLY province that functions and the cANCer is cocking the rest of the provinces up big time. You Guruswiz, are just another directionless, self-serving cANCer Troll.

      patsy.smith.125 - 2012-12-12 18:56

      Your name should actually be halfwitz with that outlook!

  • Bongeka - 2012-10-31 11:19

    This is getting way out of hand and it has to be stopped. All I know is we have ANC government running the country and the DA as the strongest opposition. But the problem is people have lost faith not only in ANC but to all politicians. I'm an ANC supporter but against the corruption. And all I want to see is change in the way the country is run. Who runs the country doesn't really matter to me, as long as they're doing a good job.

      jannie.beirowski - 2012-10-31 12:19

      You want to see a change in the way the country is run, but you are an ANC supporter? Do you really think the way the ANC runs the country can be changed without getting rid of the ANC? If you have any suggestions that have yet been tried, please let us know, as everything we have tried has failed up to date.

  • parys.fotograaf - 2012-10-31 11:25

    This ANC bumpkin should be given 100 lashes with a cat O tails for wasting tax money.

  • jlushaba - 2012-10-31 11:33

    R715 930 transport? What were they riding? Spaceships? That amount is about 10 peoples annual pay plus overtime per statistics realese yesterday.

  • jlushaba - 2012-10-31 11:37

    R715 930 transport? What were they riding? Spaceships? That amount is about 10 peoples annual pay plus overtime per statistics realese yesterday.

  • makavelithedonkilluminati.shakur - 2012-10-31 12:00

    Guys complaining here on news24 wont solve anything.I think we should march to parliament and defiantly request for Zuma to be removed before bad turns to worse.

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-10-31 12:02

    Have these ANC people no shame, spending public funds without a care in the world. The President should have put an end to any and all wasteful spending but no, because he is involved in these affairs it seems they really dont give a damn for the poor. This country needs to educate and uplift the needy not party using taxpayer money. They the government then shout at the disparity of household incomes but fail to ensure money is spent wisely by themselves.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-10-31 12:45

    The whole problem with the ANC is that they cannot hold any event without turning it into political event. We have seen weddings, funerals etc and suddently that occasion it overtaken and somebody stands up on the podium and turns it into a political circus, preaching about the ANC instead of in a normal circumstance one would talk about the bride and the groom these people take over and talk politics. They have not learnt the ettiquette of a time and a place. They only know Barge in and no respect.

  • schalk.kearney - 2012-10-31 17:53

    Surely the money that has been used for this event must have been allocated (budgeted), authorized and then released to a certain department? Why does it seem to be so difficult to track money in government in this country?

  • albert.prinsloo.7 - 2012-11-02 08:01

    "to the good work you have started" HAHAHAHAHA

  • zetzingane - 2012-11-08 14:58

    THe opposition we have does not have a plan to outvote the anc ,Iam not sure if Mrs Zille is adviced properly ,the is a vacum that needs to be ocupied but no one is prepared to Mndantsane,soweto,Mlazi and share DA's vision instead of shouting ,this hase been going on for too long its the same old Anc waiting our and same old Da shouting

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