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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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The fight against crime unites all South Africans

Note to Editors: The following speech was delivered in Parliament by DA Shadow Minister of Police, Zakhele Mbhele MP, during the SONA Debate 2016. Honourable members, Madam Speaker, A woman walking home from the bus stop or taxi rank; A parent who sends their child just down the road to buy something from the shop;…

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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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Let’s, actually, do things differently

The following speech was delivered in Parliament by DA Shadow Minister of Finance, David Maynier MP, during SONA Debate 2016. On the 9th of December 2015, President Jacob Zuma pressed the “red button” and dropped what amounted to a “nuclear bomb” on the economy in South Africa. The decision to fire the Minister of Finance,…

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Planet Zuma: Somewhere in a galaxy far, far away

The following speech was delivered by the DA Leader on day 1 of the State of the Nation Address (SONA) Debate. Madam Speaker President and Deputy President Honourable Members Fellow South Africans Bagaetsho Dumelang Molweni Goeiemiddag   Before I begin, I would like to offer my thoughts and prayers to the families of the workers…

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South Africans don’t need more promises, they need basic services

Note to Editors: The following speech was delivered by DA Shadow Minister of Water and Sanitation, Nosimo Balindlela MP, in the State of the Nation (SONA) Debate in the National Assembly this afternoon. Madame Speaker, I’ve come to this House today to tell the story of the villagers of Khalimashe in Xolobe in the Eastern…

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