-Helen Ziller delivered the Soap 2018 on Thursday
- Opposition parties have stated multiple points of no confidence in Zille
- It was said that her speech was long and full of nothing
Helen Zille delivered her State of the Province Address (Sopa) in the Western Cape legislature on Thursday. She has been brutally criticized by opposition parties following Soap she delivered.
Zille sated that they had been building the capable state of the Western Cape since 2009 on the basis of the rule of law and accountability and in her ninth year in office, these fundamentals of a functional democracy are more crucial than ever.
Some points from her speech:
• A total of 598 000 new jobs were added in the Western Cape since the 4th quarter of 2009, the year the DA took office.
• There must be no complacency in the fight against day zero. Residents are encouraged to keep saving every last possible drop of water.
• Following a disastrous audit, the DWS are unable to provide funding for provincial water augmentation. This is in violation of their mandate.
• July 2018 will see various water augmentation projects pump 120 million litres of water per day in Cape Town’s reticulation system. That’ll rise to 300 million by September 2020.
• Full broadband coverage targets have been met, and the Western Cape provides the cheapest data bundles in the country.
The provincial government is operating on a very constrained budget, said Zille.
Briefly.co.za learnt that the African National Congress’ Khaya Magaxa says Zille completely ignored a health crisis in Manenberg.
“The premier said nothing about the hospitals that are still closed in Mananberg. People in that community are struggling to access healthcare because of those problems. She said nothing about corruption, the ANC at the national level has acknowledged the problem of corruption.”
Bernard Joseph of the Economic Freedom Fighters’ says that the speech was too long with absolutely no solutions.
“She didn’t address the issues affecting the people of the Western Cape. Zille has long raised the issue of water and drought in the province, but she didn’t mention possible interventions that can address these issues.”
Ferlan Christian of the African Christian Democratic Party stated that he expected more direction on the ongoing water crisis from Zille.
“There’s a lot of finger-pointing, but I think onus must be taken and say what are we doing to avoid day zero.”
Zille stated that the City of Cape Town is projecting that dams servicing the metro and surrounding municipalities will reach an average level of 13.5% by mid-winter, based on the current demand on dams. Highlighting that this would be the lowest storage level ever recorded and is the potential resultant of the dreaded day zero.
The feelings and support around Zille are low and there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel. Opposition parties have stressed their lack of faith in Zille and believe it will lead to the fall of the province.
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