Tag Archives | SONA 2016

Empowerment fig-leaf finally falls

Speaker, Last week I had the pleasure of meeting Mr Sibusiso Maphatiane, an inspiring black entrepreneur in Ekurhuleni, who built his business from nothing, but who stood in front of me shaking with emotion and fury telling the story of why his business is now on the brink of collapse. He has applied for permission…

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Thousands of learners let down by ANC

Note to editors: The following speech was delivered in Parliament today by the DA’s Shadow Deputy Minister of Basic Education, Nomsa Marchesi MP, during the State of the Nation (SONA) Debate in the National Assembly this afternoon. Speaker, As a country we have reached a defining moment, where the quality of leadership is most crucial…

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Parliament can fire Zuma on 1 March 2016

This afternoon President Jacob Zuma used his reply to the State of the Nation Address debate to once again blame our current economic crisis purely on international conditions. The global economy is not healthy, but South Africa is still under-performing when compared to its peers because of poor leadership and policy decision. The President also…

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Zuma’s turning Parliament into Polsmoor prison

The DA notes with serious concern the extreme levels of security implemented ahead of President Zuma’s State of the Nation Address reply scheduled for this afternoon. The President has been in Parliament for the past two days with no incident. Today however, reams of barbed wire have been rolled out around Parliament and a heavy…

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The vulnerable among us must not be forgotten

The following speech was delivered in Parliament by DA Shadow Minister of Social Development, Bridget Masango MP, during SONA Debate 2016.   Madam Speaker Honourable Members We have a social crisis on our hands. The ANC has broken its promise to deliver a “better life for all”. For most South Africans, life looks bleak. 8.3…

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Fix what must be fixed and keep what must be kept

The following speech was delivered in Parliament by DA Shadow Minister of Health, Dr. Wilmot James MP, during SONA Debate 2016.   Madam Speaker   The real value of health politics is when, as a famous playwright once put it, the nation’s “long sickness of health and living … begins to mend.” President Zuma mentioned…

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ANC couldn’t run a bath, let alone a country

The following speech was delivered in Parliament by DA Shadow Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Kevin Mileham MP, during SONA Debate 2016.    Speaker, Mr President, Water is life.   Our country is in the throes of what could become the worst drought in recorded history, with the SA weather services having already…

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“Die bloubokkie se gal sit nie in sy kop nie”

The following speech was delivered in Parliament by DA Member in the NCOP, Jacques Julius MP, during SONA Debate 2016.    Madam Speaker Madam Chairperson President and Deputy President Honourable Members Fellow South Africans   In die boek Kringe in ‘n Bos, geskryf deur Dalene Matthee, het ek ‘n interresante lesing gekry. Mense het vir…

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The ANC sometimes governs like Young Black Lives Do Not Matter

The following speech was delivered in Parliament by DA Shadow Minister of Communications, Phumzile Van Damme MP, during SONA Debate 2016. Honourable Speaker, The President’s State of the Nation Address last week made it patently clear that the ANC does not regard the issues facing young South Africans as significant, or urgent. In his speech,…

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