DA wants Gauteng so to protect Apartheid Beneficiaries

2013-06-15 07:12

province in the 2014 elections.

Before I get to numbers and statistics of why the DA won’t win Gauteng; I must question their thirst for the province.

South Africa has 9 provinces; many of which are impoverished simply because of how apartheid structured areas racially and unevenly distributed resources.

Western Cape a province currently under DA’s rule and Gauteng under ANC’s were previously areas of colonial and then apartheid regime reign.

Both these areas and some in the country enjoyed more development. Roads were built, schools were built and better resource, industries were created and the health system was strengthened through better hospitals and clinics compared to other provinces.

In simple words; the economy, the education system, the health system and infrastructural development of both these provinces was advanced. Thus today, Gauteng is the economic hub of Africa and leads with economic growth followed by Western Cape.

Areas which are now called Eastern Cape, Limpopo, KwaZulu Natal and Northern Cape were turned into Bantustans; homelands for blacks. And these areas enjoyed the opposite of what the now Gauteng and WC areas did.

The education system in these areas suffered, economic development moved at a pace of a tortoise; the health system was crippled with no hospitals or clinics near communities; the education suffered as schools had no infrastructure, no labs or libraries like areas of white control.

In simple words, these areas enjoyed no development at all; because the country’s wealth was distributed unevenly. GP and WC areas enjoyed the country’s largest share of wealth.

And this brings me to my question.

Why does the DA want Gauteng instead of the other poor provinces?

The DA claims that it represents the poor, the smallest people whose voice are in most cases unheard. They want to improve their lives by providing better services, better education, better health, better this, better that and as Mbeki once said “and so on and so forth and stuff like that”.

But why are they focusing on Gauteng if they want to improve the living conditions of the poor. Why can’t they focus in areas such as Eastern Cape, the Bantustans which were crippled and left behind by the apartheid government?

In last year’s Matric Results the Western Cape was beaten by Gauteng with its passes. Both provinces’ economy is fast and vibrant. They enjoy better living conditions than other provinces. Their education system is the best in the country.

The answer is simple and discomforting to some and may lead to denial; the DA is not for the smallest poor people. It’s for those who live better lives than others. Since it’s in control of the second leading provincial economy; it now wants to country the leading one which is the Gauteng province: a province which holds most of the country’s wealth which is largely in the hands of apartheid beneficiaries.

The DA wants to protect the interests of these beneficiaries from Transformation which they now call reversed apartheid when it seeks to redress past imbalances.

The DA wants to give the people equal opportunities in an unequal society like Gauteng instead of justice and fairness which South Africa now needs.

The DA does not care about the poor in Soweto or Alexandra but cares about the wealthy in areas such as Pretoria and Johannesburg. It cares about their business and their suburban homes.

It simply sees people in poor areas as voters who will enable them to achieve these goals of protecting apartheid beneficiaries.

It has proven through its leadership in the Western Cape that it does not care about the poor living in the background created by the apartheid regime for the poor.

It has continuously lied to them by evicting them in lands using laws that do not exist in the democratic constitutions of South Africa but would exist in the Republic of Helen Zille they sought to achieve.

They continuously provide better services to the wealthy in the suburban areas where most apartheid beneficiaries live by providing safe reliable transport: building cycle and bus lanes for them to get to work safe and on time. While the poor cram in trains for days on end.

Instead of being provided decent sanitation and services for the poor they are given portable toilets that flush and keep the waste in same 11 rooms shack they’re supposed to eat and sleep in.

The recent StatsSA are a testimony to lies Helen Zille and her supporters continue to feed the people of Western Cape and now the people of Gauteng.

Since the DA took over Western Cape from the ANC in 2009 it has instead of increasing its budgets in spending for the poor decreased it. But continues to twist this and lie to the media that they spend more for the poor when in fact they don’t.

Currently, there are over 330 000 people under the age of 30 without jobs in the Western Cape. This is high considering that there were 289 000 in 2009 when they took over. This means over 41 000 young people joined the unemployed under Helen Zille as a premier.

StatsSA shows that in 2012, the Gauteng province dropped unemployment by 100 000 people, the Eastern Cape dropped unemployment by 34 000 while KwaZulu Natal dropped it by 45 000.

In Western Cape unlike the in other provinces, unemployment increased by 45 000 youths. This, despite the Youth Wage subsidy they hail to work in the provinces and promises Gauteng to introduce it if they win.

The ANC built 72 792 houses in the Western Cape from 2004 till 2009, whilst the DA has only built 42 741 houses since April 2009 to date. The DA has actually regressed by failing to meet the housing development targets instead of progressively reducing the housing backlog.

These statistics further proves that the DA always distorts the truth and if you’re an informed citizen who does not only read newspapers which sell by exaggerating issues but also read on factual statistics and research conducted by independent bodies you will be attacked.


If the DA wins Gauteng.

DA supporters will tell you that the DA is justified in providing poor services for the poor because they are refugees coming from other provinces. Suddenly, all blacks will be refuges in Gauteng, they will be called immigrants and people undeserving of equal delivery of services.

The will be evicted with imaginary laws in the land they occupy and lied to just to get their votes that will protect and further increase the gap between the country’s apartheid beneficiaries and those that were oppressed by the regime.

The DA and its supporters will start comparing the Gauteng province and Western Cape to poor provinces claiming to provide far better services when in fact they have hijacked the developed ones.

They will all forget that urbanisation is not a DA-led province phenomenon but a global one. People are moving closer to big cities for jobs, education and other services to better their lives. They don’t go to provinces because they’re led by the DA or ANC. But the DA will forget this and call those people coming in to Gauteng immigrants as if they are foreign nationals.

And you will hear them comparing Gauteng and Western Cape to poor provinces and if they did not hijack far developed, far better and far economic advanced provinces than those that were Bantustans.

I urge you to stop comparing these provinces to the poor ones; it’s highly unfair, ignorant and plays blindly to our unequal and unjust past.

The DA won’t win Gauteng

But then one need not to worry the DA only came to govern a province in 2009, 15 years after the nation’s democratic elections.

In 1994, the Western Cape was won by the National Party by 53%. The following elections in 1999 marked the start of a battle for Western Cape; no political party got an absolute majority. The ANC won 18 seats while the National Party won 17 and formed coalition with the Democratic Party which had 5 seats.

Skipping the 2001 elections; in 2004, the ANC won the Western Cape with absolute majority 19 seats to DAs 12, but lost the province to the DA in 2009. • Coloured 48.8% • Black African 32.8% • White 15.7% • Indian or Asian 1.0%.

On the other hand, the ANC has since 1994 always won Gauteng with absolute majority with no need to form coalition with any other political party. A province with racial populace of • Black African 77.4% • White 15.6% • Coloured 3.5% • Indian or Asian 2.9%. The Gauteng province is ANC’s strong hold and compared to Western Cape has been since 1994.

I highlight the racial difference because it is impossible to about politics and DA vs. ANC without including race. If you omit race; you definitely overlooked certain factors. In the now South Africa a lot of people Vote based on race this includes those who think they don’t vote based on it.

These were just statistical numbers showing why the DA won’t win Gauteng. The intentions of penning this was to question the DA’s motive of controlling Gauteng, a province far advanced than the previously Bantustan areas which it could have chosen to focus on since it claims to care for the poor.

Is it because the DA wants to hijack a province like Gauteng like it hijacked Western Cape and lied to people claiming they are responsible for its development and economic growth when they have only been in control of the province for years.

Suddenly, some within the DA and its supporters suffer from amnesia and forget that ANC has controlled the Western Cape for 8years (with the first 4 in coalition with the NNP) before the DA, maintaining its standard and providing decent sanitation for the poor.

Yesterday I tweeted to @HelenZille that The DA wants to take over provinces such as Gauteng which are well developed so to lie to our people and say they did it.   In Western Cape, its easy for a person who stays in Constantia, Claremont or any other suburb to say the DA works; it continues to be a struggle for the small people in the township to say them same.

She always replies dismissing and agreeing to people’s tweets including mine. But this time she did not reply. She chose to be silent; but her supporters will definitely have something to say about this blog here and on my Twitter account.

Esethu Hasane is a final-year student at the University of Cape Town in pursuit of a B.soc.sc Degree with Majors in International Relations, Public Policy and Media. His disclosure of this info however gives no one licence spot Engrish, incorrect grammar or spelling and make a fuss about it; he knows English well enough for you to have read this blog and finished it with full understanding of its message but you, the Engrish Ninja can’t say a word in isiXhosa his home language.

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