Posts Tagged ‘Election 2019’

Ramaphosa, Zuma-Gupta: same game, different players

April 7, 2019
 With the National Prosecuting Authority as weak and incapacitated as it is after years of assault by the governing party, the State Capture Commission looks set to be a “Corruption TRC” when what we really need is a government clean-out.
That’s why voting for the corruption-free DA on 8 May is such a crucial assault on corruption.

This week, President Ramaphosa’s son, Andile Ramaphosa, admitted that he received over R2 million from Bosasa as a monthly retainer fee starting in December 2017, the month his father was elected ANC president.

President Ramaphosa has admitted knowledge of this “business relationship” and has also admitted that Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson “donated” R500 000 towards his ANC presidential election campaign.

Let’s cut the quotation marks and call these payments what they really are: sweeteners and bribes.

There is no substantive difference between the nature of the Ramaphosa-Bosasa relationship and that of Zuma-Gupta.

The Zuma-Gupta relationship had more time to play itself out and therefore involves the syphoning off of a lot more public money. But the difference is one of degree and timing, not of kind.

We’re watching the same game here, but with different players.

Bosasa is a company that has been bribing ANC politicians for the last two decades. Bosasa contracts with the ANC government total over R10 billion.

The details of this corrupt relationship have been reported on in the media over the years, and much of the information was exposed in a detailed SIU report a decade ago.

Like Zuma-Gupta, the Ramaphosa-Bosasa relationship follows the standard ANC modus operandi: the ANC-in-government (e.g. Department of Correctional Services) gives lucrative tenders to the ANC-in-business (e.g. Bosasa) which in return funds the ANC-as-a-political-party (or one or both of its factions).

This has enabled an ANC-connected elite to enrich themselves while also entrenching their political power to facilitate ongoing elite enrichment. This is profoundly anti-democratic, deeply corrupt, and unequivocally against the public interest.

Former Bosasa chief operations officer Angelo Agrizzi told the State Capture Inquiry that Bosasa paid out an estimated R70 million in bribes between 2006 and 2016, and that he knows of large “donations” of R10 million and R12 million given to the ANC top six.

It is simply inconceivable that the R500 000 “donation” to Ramaphosa wasn’t a bribe.

It is strongly in the national interest that President Cyril Ramaphosa appears before the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture before the national elections on 8 May 2019. I have this week written to Commission Chairperson Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo to urge that he does so.

Our country faces severe crises on multiple fronts. South Africans have a critically important once-in-five-year opportunity to bring change.

So we all need to know the full truth about the nature of the relationship between the Ramaphosa family and Bosasa. This information is integral to the decision we face and therefore integral to our nation’s future wellbeing.

President Ramaphosa’s actions in relation to these revelations are not those of a man with nothing to hide. On the contrary, he has ducked and dived in an attempt to gloss over or conceal the truth from Parliament, the media and the people of South Africa.

In an answer to my oral question in Parliament in November 2018, asking President Ramaphosa to explain the payment of R500 000 by Bosasa to his son, Ramaphosa claimed the payment was for consulting work rendered by his Andile to Bosasa, and that he had seen the contract himself.

This information turned out to be false and the R500 000 was in fact a “donation” (laundered bribe) to his CR17 campaign. This breach of the Executive Ethics Act led me to submit a complaint to the Public Protector.

More recently, when I have asked Ramaphosa further questions in Parliament, he has refused to answer them, on the grounds that the matter is being dealt with by the Public Protector. In doing so, he displays a blatant disregard for the constitutional oversight role of Parliament. That a matter is with the Public Protector does not in any way absolve him of his constitutional obligation to account to Parliament.

It should be extremely concerning to all of us that: Ramaphosa considers it acceptable for his son to receive money from a company notorious for conducting a deeply corrupt relationship with his party over the course of two decades; that he lied to Parliament; that his son has received over R2 million so far; and that he has used Zuma-style evasion tactics to avoid accountability.

We all need to know the full truth about the Ramaphosa-Bosasa relationship, and we need to know it before 8 May. Because the sooner we put an end to this system of corrupt elite enrichment, the sooner we can start building a South Africa where opportunities are open to all, rather than to the connected few.

Warm regards,

Mmusi Maimane
DA Leader
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A decade of DA delivery in Western Cape shows what is possible

March 13, 2019

Last week, we learnt from StatsSA that SA’s economic growth (0.8%) was below population growth (1.2%) in 2018.

So the average South African got poorer for a fifth year in a row. This shows it is not enough to put a new driver into the old ANC bus.

South Africa needs to move beyond liberation movement politics and into a post-liberation era of clean, capable, citizen-centred government that can put a job in every home, eradicate corruption, build a professional police service, secure our borders and deliver better services.

2019 DA election manifesto

On Saturday the DA launched its Gauteng Manifesto, our plan of action for how we will get Gauteng working. The province has massive potential.

The DA has already proved itself in Johannesburg and Tshwane which accounted for 162 000 of the 172 000 new jobs created in Gauteng last year. And DA-led Midvaal, has sustained economic growth of 10% for over a decade, with the lowest unemployment in Gauteng.

We will build on our success in Gauteng by actively supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs through funding, innovation hubs and partnerships. We’ll make it easier to do business by cutting red tape and by revitalizing and expanding industrial parks.

We’ll provide space for informal traders, pay suppliers on time, and support the development of new CBDs in Soweto, Tembisa and Mamelodi.

And we’ll lobby for police competency to be given to the province, since a more local approach will be far more effective in fighting crime.

There is nothing inherently wrong with Gauteng or with our country. We just need clean, capable government. Over the past ten years of DA government in the Western Cape, the province has pulled far ahead of the other provinces precisely because it’s had clean, capable government.

Outgoing premier Helen Zille is the first to admit there is still much to be done. But the province has progressed despite bad policy at the national level. It now has a professional, capable administration that is well-positioned to accelerate delivery.

Below this newsletter I’ve listed some highlights from Helen’s final State of the Province Address, and I’d like to thank her for her incredible contribution.

This impressive progress comes from putting citizens’ interests first and prioritizing the most vulnerable. They show that Western Cape citizens did well to place their trust in the DA.

The DA’s Western Cape Manifesto sets out how we will build on these achievements. We will work to secure the Western Cape’s power supply through Independent Power Producers, because we cannot rely on Eskom to keep the lights on.

We will fight for a provincially managed rail service so that bus and train transport can be integrated. And we will fight for policing to be devolved to provinces (those provinces that have the capability), so that we can build a professional provincial police service.

On 8 May, please vote for clean, capable DA government that builds One South Africa for All.

Warm regards,

Mmusi Maimane
DA Leader

How to vote in Election 2019 if you are overseas

February 28, 2019

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has officially proclaimed the date of the election.

While those in South Africa will be going to the polls on the 8 May, South Africans abroad will be casting their vote at their nearest SA foreign mission on Saturday, 27 April 2019 (Freedom Day).

In order to vote every South African abroad must complete a VEC10 form informing the IEC where they intend to vote abroad.

This form can be found on the IEC’s website: https://www.elections.org.za/ieconline/Notify-the-IEC-of-my-intention-to-vote-abroad

The VEC10 form must be submitted no later than 13 March 2019 at midnight (UTC+02:00).

A reminder also that to vote abroad South Africans must vote in person at their nearest SA foreign mission and have BOTH their SA ID and passport (they can’t vote with only one of these documents).

They must, of course, also be registered to vote.

Many South Africans living abroad DO NOT know that they can vote in the 2019 election, and so we would like to request that you contact all your friends and family living abroad and urgently share this information with them.

You can do so in the following ways:

1. Share the attached DA Abroad VEC10 flyer with them
2. Invite them to this Facebook event for the overseas voting day on our DA Abroad page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/494339004428008/
3. Direct them to this page on our DA Abroad website which answers all the common questions about overseas voting: https://www.da-abroad.org/campaigns/overseas-voting/how-to-vote-abroad-2019-south-africa-election/
4. Suggest they subscribe to our mailing list at http://www.da-abroad.org so they don’t miss any important deadlines. They can also email us directly at contact@da-abroad.org with their questions about voting abroad or WhatsApp us on +44 795 829 1141

If you have any questions, please email francine.higham@da-abroad.org.

Vote DA and fight corruption in South Africa

February 23, 2019

DA led governments fight corruption to ensure that all public money is spent on the people.

We have seen this take place in Kouga Municipality since 2016 and in other DA led Municipalities like Drakenstein, Overstrand and George.

The corruption of the ANC government is oppressing South Africans. And it is one of the main reasons the country has taken a wrong turn from the path set by Madiba.

After Madiba left, the ANC decided it was their time to eat and they focused on enriching only themselves. No matter who leads them, they are the same old party full of empty promises.

They are not capable of fighting corruption. And they have no genuine intention of fighting corruption.

The 2019 election is your chance to get South Africa back on track. You can choose between even more corruption, and a party that has a solid record of fighting corruption and of being accountable, transparent and clean where it governs.

We will bring change that builds One South Africa for All.

We will fight corruption; create fair access to jobs; make our police service honest and professional; secure our borders; and speed up the delivery of basic services.

Under a DA-government, anyone found guilty of corruption will be sentenced to 15 years in jail.

Our plan to fight corruption focuses on:

  • Establishing an independent unit dedicated to identifying, fighting and prosecuting corruption.
  • Ensuring the payment of all public money is transparent.
  • Bringing in direct elections for all political office holders so that the South African people can hold their president, premiers and mayors directly accountable.
  • Implementing regular lifestyle audits for all politicians and government officials.
  • Protecting and encouraging ‘whistle blowers’ who identify and report on corrupt activities.

Don’t reward ANC failure to fight corruption because nothing will change.

This election is about YOUR future.

Use your vote to ensure a strong DA because only we are serious about fighting corruption and building One South Africa for All.

Living overseas? Make sure you vote in the May elections

February 12, 2019

We encourage each and every South African living abroad to take the following steps to be a part of our country’s future:

  1. Check first that you aren’t already registered to vote >> https://www.elections.org.za/content/For-voters/My-voter-registration-details/
  2. If you are already registered, you don’t need to re-register, even if your registered address is in South Africa.

2019 DA election manifesto

  1. Once registered, you need to fill in a VEC10 form on the IEC’s website when the date of the election is announced to inform the IEC where you would like to vote abroad.
  2. Once all these steps have been completed, on election day you can take BOTH your SA ID and passport to vote at your nearest SA foreign mission.

If you have any further questions you can email us on contact@da-abroad.org or WhatsApp on https://wa.me/447958291141/

How to vote when you overseas

February 1, 2019

South Africans living overseas can vote in the upcoming national and provincial elections.

This is what you need to know:

Section 19 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (Act 108 of 1996) upholds that all South African citizens living abroad, who are over the age of 18, can vote in national elections.

Voting abroad is a “Special Vote” and is allowed for those who cannot vote at a voting station where they are registered in South Africa, including those South African citizens temporarily absent from the Republic for the purposes of a holiday, business trip, educational visit or participation in an international sporting event.

In order to vote abroad you will need to do the following:

Ensure you are registered to vote. You can check your status on the IEC website.

Ensure you have BOTH a valid South African ID (This can be the new Smartcard ID, the green bar-coded ID or a temporary ID document) and your South African Passport.

Ensure you have submitted the VEC10 form to the IEC (This will only be available from the date the President announces the date of the election).

Head to your nearest SA foreign mission to vote on the announced election day

(You can find your nearest SA foreign mission on the DIRCO website. Note that you won’t be able to vote at honorary consuls.)

If you are registered to vote in South Africa, don’t worry, you don’t need to re-register in order to vote abroad.

All you need to do is submit the VEC10 form to the IEC when it becomes available after the President announces the date of the election. This form will tell the IEC that you plan to vote abroad, and where you intend to vote.

It’s expected that, like the elections in 2014, this will be an online form available on the IEC’s website. This form will only be available for approximately 15 days, so it’s important you don’t miss the deadline to submit it.

Yes, the Electoral Amendment Act 2013 gave all South African citizens the right to register and vote abroad in national elections.

Important: In order to vote abroad, you must be registered AND submit a VEC10 notification within the period specified on the election’s timetable (15 days from the date on which the election is proclaimed).

You can register during the embassy, high commission or consulate-general’s normal working hours,  or during the special overseas voter registration weekend from the 1 – 4 February 2019 (visit the Dept. of International Relations and Cooperation for contact info, and phone for opening hours).

You must apply for registration before an election is proclaimed (published in the Government Gazette) to be able to vote in that election. For more info on this, visit the IEC website.

For more information visit Vote Home

 

The DA has a plan to speed up the delivery of basic services

December 2, 2018

The DA has a track record of turning Municipalities around and that includes Kouga.

In the short space of two years, the Municipality has become financially sustainable and in a position to redress the historical problems that were created by the previous government.

We need a provincial and national government that cares and works with local governments to bring a better life to all our citizens.

The DA will focus on:

  1. Fighting corruption at all levels of provincial and local government so that public money meant for the people is spent on the people.
  2. Ensuring that people who qualify for government housing quickly get the ability to get a decent home. South Africans who earn less than R 15 000 per month will have 3 options:
    1. Stay on the list for an RDP home or GAP housing;
    2. Sign up for the Home Voucher Scheme. This will give you a R 150 000 home voucher which you can use to build your own home on a government-provided site which will be connected to water and electricity. Or you can use it as a deposit towards buying an existing house.
    3. Choose to live in one of the new high-rise apartment buildings close to City Centers that will be built by the government.
  3. Signing a contract with the residents of municipalities to ensure speedier delivery of quality access to water, electricity and sanitation.

How to find my voting station

March 10, 2018

The first registration weekend for next year’s national and provincial government elections takes place on March 10 and 11.

Kouga Mayor Elza van Lingen encouraged all residents to make use of the opportunity to check whether their names and addresses are correct on the voter’s roll.

Voting stations will be open from 08:00 to 17:00 on both Saturday and Sunday for the registration weekend.

Residents can either register to vote for the first time or check whether their details are correct on the voters’ roll.

Van Lingen said it was of particular importance that registered voters verify their address details.

“In 2016 the Constitutional Court gave the Independent Electoral Commission till June 2018 to fix missing addresses for millions of voters.

“If your address details are missing or incorrect on the voters’ roll, you will not be allowed to vote in the 2019 elections.

“All voters are, therefore, encouraged to make sure that their information is correct.”

She said voters needed to visit their voting station with their green, barcoded ID book, temporary ID or smart ID card. Proof of address is not necessary.

Passports and drivers’ licences cannot be used to register.

To find out which voting station you should go to, visit the IEC’s voting station finder or phone them at 0800 11 8000.

Voters who cannot make it to their voting stations this weekend can register or check their details at the local IEC office at the Arcade Centre in Main Road, Humansdorp.

Voters can also check and change their address details online through the IEC’s website.

ANC is polling below 50 %

June 26, 2017

Since the last sitting of the DA’s Federal Council, there has been a seismic shift in South Africa’s political landscape. The state capture that the DA warned about in 2013 is now an undisputed reality.

In this light, our country is approaching the most important election since the dawn of democracy.

The 2019 General Elections will define whether South Africa can turn around our present decline, and grow to be the prosperous modern democracy that we envisage. We know what many voters are realising day by day – the ANC cannot self correct, and we are determined that Election 2019 will see the end of the ANC’s occupation of the Union Buildings.

The Federal Council this weekend unpacked the latest DA polling data revealing that the DA is gaining ground on the ANC.

It is greatly encouraging to report that the ANC is polling below 50%, which means that it can be unseated at the next election.

It is time for all South Africans to unite against the corrupt Gupta-led ANC and to vote for change at the next election.

Over the next 700 days, the DA’s primary focus will be to prepare for national government and to mount an election campaign of unprecedented scale and reach.

A crucial part of achieving this objective is developing a policy offer that is compelling and credible.

To this end, the Federal Council discussed a number of key policy areas for further development including: jobs and the economy, education, land reform, health, and human settlements.

Through our vigorous and thorough policy process, we will offer a complete suite of policy positions for national government. This remains one of our key focuses in the lead up to 2019.

Of equal importance is ensuring an expanded pool of excellent, diverse and hard-working DA candidates for the 2019 national and provincial elections. In this regard, we considered proposed amendments to the DA’s candidate selection process.

Federal Council also recognised the crucial role that our track record of good governance will play in increasing our support in 2019.

To this end, Federal Council noted the DA’s strong performance in the Western Cape where we are continuing to deliver excellent results.

The Western Cape Premier’s Office was this week praised by the Auditor General as being most actively engaged in helping to improve audit outcomes and deliver sound, clean financial management of public monies.

Under DA leadership, 80% of Western Cape municipalities got clean audits, with KwaZulu Natal in second place with just 18% clean audits.

The City of Cape Town was the only metro to receive a clean audit in the 2015/16 financial year.

Moreover, the DA-run Midvaal was the only municipality in Gauteng to get a clean audit in 2015/16.

The theme emerging from this DA Federal Council is clear: time is running out to save South Africa. Our current government is slowly destroying our precious country, with the ANC on course to lose the next election.

The DA will work night and day to unseat the corrupt Gupta-led ANC government from office.

We have set goals and targets for the Road to 2019, and we will work tirelessly to achieve them.

Regards

Mmusi Maimane

Its time for change in 2019

January 9, 2017

While the ANC celebrates in lavish style, we live in a country where 9 million of our people are without work, and have given up any hope of finding a job.

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It is an out-of-touch and divided party that is unable to self-correct, and is passed the point of no return.

The tipping point is fast approaching, as South Africans of all races are beginning to realise that where the DA governs, there is opportunity and a better life for all.

While the ANC talks, the DA does. And come 2019, we aim to occupy the Union Buildings to revive the national project of building a united, non-racial and prosperous South Africa for all who live in it.

Mmusi Maimane