Opposition parties unite against corruption

2012-09-28 21:06

Durban - Opposition parties set up a coalition against corruption in Durban on Friday, urging voters to resist the protection of state information bill.

Party leaders said the ruling African National Congress intended using the bill to suppress reporting on corruption.

The proposed legislation was similar to laws the apartheid regime used to silence its critics, Congress of the People leader Mosiuoa Lekota said.

African Christian Democratic Party leader Kenneth Meshoe told supporters at the Pinetown Civic Centre: "The looting of state coffers must come to an end."

Also attending the event were the Freedom Front Plus, the Democratic Alliance, the Inkatha Freedom Party, the Azanian People's Organisation, the United Democratic Movement, and the United Christian Democratic Party.

Meshoe said the ANC was not invincible and would be replaced.

"We want a new government of integrity."

Lekota said that without unity among the opposition parties, there would be no opportunity "to make a dent in the ruling party".

He said the launch of the coalition and subsequent meetings across the country were aimed at showing South Africans that unity was possible.

DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said opposition parties were united in opposition to the information bill.

"When power makes our leaders arrogant, free speech will remind them of their limitations," she said. The bill, if enacted, would limit free speech.

Turning to axed ANC Youth League president Julius Malema's court appearance this week on a charge of money-laundering, she said there had long been questions about his financial affairs.

"He would not have been brought to book if he was still in Jacob Zuma's inner circle," she said.

FF Plus leader Pieter Mulder said that Malema was "a product of the ANC propaganda factory".

"He was brought up on irresponsible ANC propaganda and in a culture of arrogance and self-enrichment."

Mulder said the central issue facing the country was how the current government was spending taxpayers' money.

IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi said that the information bill was a clear indication that an elected government could infringe on the rights of its people.

He accused the ANC of representing the "will of spies" and not the will of the people.

"We know that secrecy and corruption rob our country of service delivery. We are saying no to secrecy, and no to corruption," Buthelezi said.

  • robes.spear - 2012-09-28 21:18

    Hurrah!!!! Well done opposition parties! People of South Africa unite against the corrupt ANC! Our children deserve a better future than the ANC offers! Hurrah!!! - 2012-09-28 21:41

      Brilliant, you can stop these criminals from raping our country further! On this note, we need strong, visionary and disciplined leaders... Terror Lekota for president!

      UNITY - 2012-09-28 22:14

      If opposition parties can form an alliance like cosatu, anc and Sacp.. This country can do so much better, just for a moment, stop putting party interests ahead of people. Unite for our country, unite for the people, unite for a better future!

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-09-28 22:24

      Finally!!! Finally somebody speaks up about uniting in the fight against this criminally corrupt government of ours. Well done for the coalition. Carry it through to other areas as well. The ANC can break you one at a time, but together you can destroy the ANC!!

      marcusvandermerwe - 2012-09-29 06:12

      COPE was supposed to be a party that unites other groups under a new banner to oppose the ANC. Just remember that they failed. The problem lies not with the strenght of parties, but rather with the ignorance of the majority of voters, who will vote ANC no matter what happens in SA. The few sane voters in SA who understands what the ANC is doing is by far the minority, but don't despair. This minority also keeps SA's economy going. They pay the taxes that fuels the ANC. Without tax money the ANC is done and dusted. Power lies with the people. Its not political parties that needs to unite, but rather tax paying, hard working citizens.

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-09-28 21:20

    Yes now this is good news!!! Corruption is an ANC sickness this has got to come to an end they cannot get away with it any longer!!! All we want is our taxpayer monies well spent and not stolen we need good governance and this country will flourish if only we could all work together wouldn't that just be awesome!!! If only.....

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-09-28 21:21

    It is in the interest of all citizens of the country that the opposition parties set aside their differences and unite. Standing together against corruption and secrecy is a bloody good start!

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-09-28 21:23

    The election,will be contested on emotions,and sentiments,unfortunately not,on rationality.

  • stanton.clarke - 2012-09-28 21:26

    I hope the momentum remains!

  • Juanette Menderoi - 2012-09-28 21:27

    Well done who ever initiated this movement!! Why not keep the coalition and spread the unity against corruption, this might be the only way to voice South African's desperate cry for true democracy! It is possible by touching the communal grievances which most South Africans ACROSS THE WORLD has...

  • Phelamanga - 2012-09-28 21:44

    It's about time that people started thinking about what's good for the country and her people. This is a step on the way to full democracy and in getting rid of the arrogant, corrupt, kleptocratic and ideologically frozen Tripartite Alliance.

      jayjay.mlungu - 2012-09-29 10:21

      100% correct

  • ernest.lwandle - 2012-09-28 21:45

    viva oppositon party i can vote for u with my eyes closed pleas save us all and our beutifull country.

  • lydonmcg - 2012-09-28 21:48

    The winds of change are blowing.

  • tshepisogodfrey.motsumi - 2012-09-28 21:50

    Mxm, Cheap political score, Most South Africans believe that; Rooting out corruption and following the corrupt people is POLITICALY MOTIVATED Cases. Now how do they anticipate achieving their plan. Nonsense.

      jayjay.mlungu - 2012-09-29 10:23

      So what is your solution? Just let it carry on because you put the ANC above the country? Shame on you Sies man!

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-09-29 10:54

      TSHEP, I'm sure your name should be spelt SHEEP, blindly following your corrupt ANC idiots, it is only a matter of time before this rainbow nation kicks them out of power and we build a a better SA for all it's people.

  • ernest.lwandle - 2012-09-28 22:09

    unity is power in south africa nothing will stay the same if wev prayed for the downfall of arpathied why not this dictatorship enogh is enogh.

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-09-28 22:16

    I dont think that the blacks hate the whites.The apartheid oppression has caused too much suffering for the blacks to forget.Therefore i wud think that their fear of what happend under white rule,wil make them rather play safe and choose the worst black leader over the best white leader.How wil a white leader be able to erradicate that fear??

      nico.dejongh.90 - 2012-09-28 23:24

      A honest and well educated black president such as Moeletsi Mbeki maybe?. It's not colour, rather quality and righteousness that guides democracy to prosper.

      fort.horseman.7 - 2012-09-29 01:56

      @nico.yes u right,we need to evolve out of the colour issue,and start looking at whos most credible in everyones interest,black,white,rich,poor,young and old.

      aj.oosthuizen.7 - 2012-09-29 20:20

      Actually, I know a LOT of black people who lived in the Apartheid era. About all of them are some of the nicest people I have ever met, and treated me with a lot of respect, as i returned to them, but it is the younger generation, born after Apartheid (I was born after it too) that show the east respect to anyone and usally waves the "blame Apartheid", why would the younger generation fear and remember something, that never happened to them?

  • lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-28 22:17

    Yep, definitely elections looming. So let's call it what it is - malfeasance. Still waiting to see what is the breaking point on the murderous, maiming, mutilating, maladjusted and especially mendacious maniacs that continue to molest our magnificent country.

      Desilusionada - 2012-09-29 10:55

      Nice, neat, netjies, noted, new alliteration nogal!!!

  • ernest.lwandle - 2012-09-28 22:17

    now im staring to be a proudly south african

  • lums.zindela - 2012-09-28 22:37

    Can someone please help me with this terminology thing here. Why are all other parties are said to have leaders? We talk of ACDP- leader, Cope- leader, DA- leader, FFplus- leader, IFP- leader UDM- leader etc. But the ANC has a president, ANCYL- president. I mean why aren't they also refered to as ANC-leader

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-09-28 22:51

    About time. I hope something comes of this.

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-09-28 22:56

    It wud be much better and practical for the splinter opposition parties to unite and create a single opposition,and then have 2 major parties to vote for based on what they stand for.

  • ernest.lwandle - 2012-09-28 23:19

    hurry up guys we peace loving mzantsi people we cant wait no longer our beautiful country is going down to the drain and we cant watch that.

      jayjay.mlungu - 2012-09-29 10:24

      Ernest you are a wise man

  • Sasha D - 2012-09-28 23:48

    For too long the opposition has been factional. Now they can come together and challenge the African National Congress in the 2014 General Elections! Can't wait to see what happens!

  • masupa.tsela - 2012-09-29 00:35

    Of course blacks continue to suffer from the legacy of apartheid. If It's not our lack of education, it's our inability to make demands in workplaces because we are often told \that's what the company is giving, you either take or there's no deal\. And knowing your situation better, you then settle for that meagre salary!\r\nBut whites negotiate to the born because they really don't care much. And this has nothing to do with their negotiation skills or courage, it's because more often that note they are the ones sent to do 'special' courses, and if Human Resource can't give them what they want often the manager steps in and say ' I can't to lose him coz of his 'special' skills! \r\nIf DA was to get more votes frm blacks, it must start at workplace where we blacks continue to suffer in the hands of whites!\r\nIn comparison, what people complain about in government its exactly what whites continue to do in private setor.\r\nSo I will be fine without DA and its coalition partners!

      dan.ledwaba.5 - 2012-09-29 01:01

      masupa, you are wrong. Workers usually want more money but don't want to put in more work to step up productivity. With respect I say, you think like a looser and you don't understand business. The mentality of workers are "want-want-want" and they don't want to give. If you work hard, at work everyday and on time, do your work you were employed to do and to the best of your ability, show respect for your job, don't strike, loyal, honest, trustworthy, polite, show that you want to learn more, show that you want to move up in the company.....THEN the manager will also say to Human Resource dept that they need YOU for your "special" skill. You want DA to come "save" you in the workplace and if they don't then you will be "fine without DA and its coalition partners" - see, once again, you just want-want-want. Nobody is going to come to you in the workplace and "save" you, YOU must do that yourself! That my friend is how the real world works. You put nothing in, you get nothing out. If you're lazy at work, your manager will be lazy to listern to you. You strike at work, your manager will not see your "special" skills to keep you.

      Annelize Grobler - 2012-09-29 06:47

      @matsupa ??? do you really care about education ??? wake up, its been 20 years, you get everything for free because of APARTHEID, but you dont know how to use it. Just love that blaming taxi hey ... have you ever heard of white kids burning down a school and breaking windows and chairs and tables ??? NOPE !!! we look after the things we have, its called basic HUMAN and the being thereof... whatever, poor you, must be the apartheid...

  • sj.fourie.56 - 2012-09-29 01:09

    Anc equals thieves. Animals. Uncivilised.

      jayjay.mlungu - 2012-09-29 10:30

      SJ it is wrong to generalise. The ANC has done a hell of a lot for this country (and also got a hell of a lot wrong) and I promise you if they had the right leadership and stopped cadre deployment and put SA first, I would be 1st in line to support them

  • ivan.devries.7 - 2012-09-29 01:13

    It is time to leave the couler thing and stand together, oure chidren must not know couler i say stand to gether and save our country please

  • masupa.tsela - 2012-09-29 01:19

    When DA is finished with using blacks as scaffolds to be a ruling party, albeit with a tricky name that even those blacks who would have helped it to be at the top won't understand what's brewing, the white capitalists ways of doing things will be back in full force!\r\nAnd to further confuse those in doubt, 'DA' will continue to window show more Maimanes and Lindiwes!\r\nAnd until the land that the white man chased my granddad and now he expect government to pay what he grabbed for free is back white people will never have peace!\r\nAnd its high time we the descedents of those get as well what a white man is getting.\r\nWatch the space!

      mntsethe - 2012-09-29 09:56

      @masupa.tsela The last time I check this was coalition of the opposition parties, including DA. I didn't see anything says it is led by DA. I assume the the reason you don't like this whole Idea its because you hate whites, you hate them because of what you heard and read about they did to our fathers and forefathers. The fact is after all they reconciled so that their generation could live with peace. You know what now, you are torturing yourself now by this hatred of yours towards them(whites). Hopefully you won't teach your children to have the same attitude.

      jayjay.mlungu - 2012-09-29 10:31

      You need some serious help Bru. Stop feeling sorry for yourself!

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-09-29 04:10

    Its quite simple, anc want to be above the law and take what they want cause they can. Its not about the people , its about the elite making sure the gravy train runs smoothly. Exactly same as ZanuPF.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-09-29 04:52

    Now opposition parties should unite to form a singular opposition political party !! F*ck the ANC !!

  • Bafana Joseph - 2012-09-29 07:00

    please mazibuko can you change your red lip stick/gloSs put something else lol

  • LanfearM - 2012-09-29 08:33

    Great news! Now if only they would stand together come election time, form a coalition, then they can even perhaps unseat the ANC.

  • LanfearM - 2012-09-29 08:33

    Great news! Now if only they would stand together come election time, form a coalition, then they can even perhaps unseat the ANC.

  • tsmyekwa - 2012-09-29 08:43

    Shame the small parties they are trying to be in the gravy train. We are unshakable. Long live the spirit of ANC en freedom.

      jayjay.mlungu - 2012-09-29 10:33

      The gravy train is full. The trouble with ANC supporters (I am generalising) is that they put the ANC ahead of the country

      sipho.nyiko - 2012-10-26 08:23

      Why cnt u open your eyes guys anc is destroying our coutry

  • Johnson - 2012-09-29 08:44

    Great to see opposition parties joining hands against the evils we face today - it high time

  • don.mug.3 - 2012-09-29 08:56

    Unite against ANC,not only corruption.

  • vera.platt - 2012-09-29 10:15

    Opposition parties need to pool votes to the next biggest contendor of the ANC and stop making voting day deals with them for seats in parlament. The ANC would not have gotta 2/3 last election if it wasn't for parties like MF just handing their voters votes to the ANC. What is worse is that their voters don't even know that this is happening. Maybe journalism should pick up on that story.

  • hawthorne1955 - 2012-09-29 11:09

    Its going to be a struggle stopping the PIGS feeding at our trough

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-29 12:59

    Well done, now work together for good.

  • Mike Peach - 2012-09-29 14:20

    Hey idiot who put the gravy on your train which is about to become over loaded anyway,what happens to overloaded anything,it breaks.Let the tax payer boycott and your train will stop.

  • Onufry - 2012-09-29 17:11

    Screw ABZ, go ABANC!

  • thabangt.modise - 2012-10-01 17:34

    lets see how long this will last... it's not the first time incidences like this happen. Good luck citizens :)

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