New Free State DA leader talks tough

2012-09-17 10:33

Bloemfontein - Newly-elected Free State DA leader Patricia Kopane wants to draw 31% support for her party in the next election, Volksblad newspaper reported on Monday.

Kopane was elected as the first black woman to lead a provincial Democratic Alliance structure at the weekend.

She told the newspaper she was excited about her new responsibility. She succeeds Roy Jankielsohn as leader of the Free State DA.

Kopane was a former councillor in the Mangaung municipality and is now a DA MP. She is also the party’s spokesperson on health.

"I believe I was elected because of my abilities and not because I am black or a woman," she told the newspaper.

Annelie Lotriet, also a DA MP, was elected as chairperson of the DA Free State.

Jankielsohn would, for now, remain DA leader in the Free State Legislature.

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-09-17 11:01

    Good to see the DA moving forward while the ANC moves backwards..

  • Lindsay Lloyd - 2012-09-17 11:20

    Yay, i just hope people start waking up to vote a party like this - DA is for the country and not just the people Like the ANC is for its one Zulu race

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-09-17 11:58

    My question still remains, If I vote DA will I see an equitable society that reflects our demographics and potential, if whites are 10% of the population will I see 10% of our hardworking garden boys, maids, rock drillers, security guards, taxi drivers, cleaners etc being whites. Why is it I don’t see whites occupying these positions ohhhh I blame it on ANC’s BEE and AA policies!

      jo.barton.92 - 2012-09-17 12:18

      The positions you mention are for those who can't get any other jobs due to education etc.

      mihaip007 - 2012-09-17 12:31

      jo - exactly what came into my educated (by the way SELF-EDUCATED) white mind..! EDUCATION IS THE KEY OF NOT HAVING TO DO JOBS LIKE THAT! simple... Lerato - in my country we never HAD maids, or "garden boys" and cleaning was done by ourselves! We use our education to drive our goals through life! My goal was NEVER to be a maid. My goal was ALWAYS to be a business person. Some want to be engineers. But NOTHING will give it to you in your hands, you have to earn it through dedication, education and perseverence. The FREEDOM that was achieved after the apartheid was to GIVE you these opportunities to be able to FOLLOW your goals in life. What MANY have understood is that you can now put your hand out and stuff is given to you! BIG difference..! ANC is the cause of all the racial tensions. The crime, the failures in the education, the infrastructural failures, the predominating poverty. and so on. Yet they blame the apartheid at all times. The racial tensions pays for the fat cats of the anc party. We need to grow past that and look at the goal of a future where we all benefit of the same freedom to follow our dreams. that future seems to be available through the da. Give them a shot. The Cape gave them a shot, and they ARE better off, unlike what the propaganda of the anc would like you to believe. Go and see it for yourself. SURE there are problems and challanges, but with small budgets a LOT has been done!

      lerato.kay.3 - 2012-09-17 12:55

      @ mihaip007, thanks for the lesson oh now I get it, education is the key! And by the way it just so happened that all whites in South Africa are well educated, all of them got qualifications. What a race, all being academic and no weaklings! Education is key but believe you me, I have seen dull uneducated whites in position of power, so education is one of the variables and not key and news flash apartheid is key to most whites being in positions of not occupying the maid, garden-boy titles.I totally agree with you that in your country you don’t have maids etc because you can’t afford them! The reason being that your government won’t allow individuals to be treated worse than pets, in SA it’s unfortunate that the government has allowed apartheid to continue through the exploitation of people who do these menial jobs.

      mihaip007 - 2012-09-17 13:08

      lerato - I am a prime example of being a white MALE that came with NO ENGLISH in a foreign country, and having been educated in YOUR country by your education system in topics I have never touched. YES this was AFTER apartheid collapsed and after the bee got implemented! I worked in THREE positions for someone and have been taken out due to bee issues. I have stopped working for someone and only worked for myself. Invented stuff that pays me now..! All with the power of EDUCATION. There is one think you could do - RESISTS the urge to blame others, and rather look at the opportunities given to you that you can make use of to ENRICH your life..! Oh yes and don;t be afraid to work hard - I work 18 hours per day to achieve what I am setting my mind into. Why can't everyone do the same? STOP blaming the past - We also had a revolution that saw the collapse of the communism! THAT regime has caused us terrible injustice! I saw the freedom that was sold to us - the freedom to educate yourself and achieve what you set your mind at. Others saw the freedom for what it is not - handout...EPIC fail.

      lerato.kay.3 - 2012-09-17 13:29

      @ mihaip007, Honestly only weak whites are affected by AA, if you are a qualified white guy the sky is the limit. Do you know that white males occupy 72% of senior positions in the corporate world. How weak for anyone to cry foul over the AA policy that have managed to achieve a megre 38%, mind you this 38% includes white females. Whites who complain about AA are just the same as white idiots who didn’t make it during apartheid and now stand by the traffic lights begging! If you still being dragged down by AA and you can’t make it in SA then I’m afraid you can’t make it anywhere because there is no place in the world where you will find life so easy just because you are white. I know a couple of guys from the PIIGS countries who are having a heaven on earth in SA. They are living the life they never dreamed of in their pathetic debt ridden countries and they are really exploiting the advantages their skin colour affords them in SA. So please don’t give me the white loser crap mourning about AA and BEE, man up and enjoy the fruits of apartheid. Hitler dumped such pathetic losers on sea!

      mihaip007 - 2012-09-17 15:00

      lerato - I think you and I speak the same language: we should NOT blame others but ourselves if we fail. As about qualifications - I have NO qualification! I have KNOWLEDGE! and I STILL made it big in life - just with simple enthusiasm of life, hard work and perseverance! Black OR white, should no longer have these things against each other based on colour - the ANC loves to play on THAT! they ALSO keep people from educating themselves (limpopo textboox drama et all)..! However - I DISAGREE that the white males occupy 72% of the tob jobs! If those top jobs INCLUDE private companies, then your view is flawed. If I start a business and I am the OWNER - HELL I will not share with someone SIMPLY because of the colour! and YES I will pay myself a hell of a lot of money so I can live LUXURIOUSLY! You would do to...! ANOTHER thing we share in common as colorless human beings! My choice regarding the aa - was simply that I would not put up with others taking over my job based on my SKIN COLOUR! Apartheid was NOT any fault of mine (as you well know by now)...! I was PREVIOUSLY disadvantaged in my own country, but instead of WHINING about it, I learned, educated myself, invented a software and now I am on my way to the top. If I can do it so can ANY South African regardless of Colour!

      bless.boswell - 2012-09-17 20:20

      It's unlikely you'll see whites filling laborer positions - physically, black people are stronger - nothing racist, just the truth.

      thozi - 2012-09-17 21:07

      Lerato, the previous system favoured whites with better education and privileges. Unfortunately, we can’t change history and have to move on. The current government tries to address that imbalance, although it's not managing that well even after 18yrs. They still don't really care that even in the 3rd quarter some black poor children are without school books. Many of our poor black children study under trees, teachers are not employed, kids still walk long distances while the government is concerned about the President's new R2 billion jet. Our kids are not assisting either, they burn schools and libraries if they don't have a tarred road, they advocate ‘pass one pass all’ at the slightest unhappiness. We have a number of BEE blacks with connections earning millions of Rands for shady projects. They never invest in the development of their communities but would rather spend thousands and millions of Rands showing off - state of the art limousines, shushu on half naked girls etc. Finally, the government have encouraged a culture of hand-outs... we've learnt one language, demand this, demand that. We do not want to work hard - we rather take weapons and demand R12,500 a month without understanding the complexities of finance. We need to look at ourselves first and stop blaming others. Nothing can be delivered to us on a plate for ever... NEVER!

  • thozi - 2012-09-17 20:42

    I am not a DA supporter but my sincere congratulations to the Free State's new DA leader. When I first saw you in a newspaper recently and read your comments, my wife and I readily agreed that we needed people like you in politics. We think you have a good head on your shoulders.

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