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Mmusi Maimane and Helen Zille visit the Kouga

July 4, 2016

The top leadership of the Democratic Alliance visited Kouga over the past week, with large crowds being drawn to all the events held in Hankey, Humansdorp and St Francis Bay.

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Mmusi Maimane kicked things off with a massive street meeting in Hankey, which was attended by around 750 people last Wednesday.

Maimane spoke about corruption that has spread like a cancer in South Africa and starts from the very top of the national government.

“South Africa cannot afford to pay R 250 million for a house for one person, nor can we afford to pay R 4 billion for an air plane for one person.

It’s time for change in South Africa and that change must begin on 3 August in the 2016 election right here in Hankey,” said Maimane to an appreciative crowd.

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John Moodey, the leader of the DA in Gauteng spoke to about 300 people in a packed hall at Kruisfontein Civic in the evening.

“We have experienced nothing but disappointment since 1994 and its time to vote in a new government in Kouga, in Nelson Mandela Bay and in Johannesburg,” said Moodey.

The DA held its provincial council meeting in Cape St Francis over the weekend, with Helen Zille being the key speaker.

Zille then went to Sea Vista for a public meeting, which was crammed, despite the cold and chilly weather conditions.

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Zille spoke about the changes that the DA have brought to Cape Town, where over 60 % of the budget is allocated to uplifting the lives of the most vulnerable of the citizens of Cape Town.

“It is unacceptable that the people of Sea Vista must live in the conditions they are living in at present.

The DA has proven in the Western Cape that we can turn things around and we will do the same in Kouga after 3 August,” said Helen.

Zille then attended a public meeting in Joubertina, together with DA Mayoral candidate in Nelson Mandela Bay, Athol Trollip.

The meeting was once again packed with DA supporters, who enthusiastically engaged with both Zille and Trollip.

To view more pictures and video’s of the events, visit the Democratic Alliance Facebook page

Know Your DA – we helped expose the truth about Steve Biko

February 26, 2016

Helen Zille helped to show the world the truth about Apartheid.

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In 1977, working as a reporter at the Rand Daily Mail, Helen exposed the truth behind Steve Biko’s death.

As a result of this, she was prosecuted and found guilty by the Apartheid Press Council.

A prominent member of the Black Sash, Helen Zille had to go into hiding as a result of concealing ANC activists at her home during the 1986 state of emergency.

Motion to impeach Zille fails

December 2, 2015

The ANC’s bid to have Premier Helen Zille impeached has failed.

The party failed to convince 28 members of the legislature to vote to impeach Zille, over allegations of spying on the ANC.

Instead, the DA voted to amend the ANC’s motion to fully endorse Zille.

The motion was thrashed out in the provincial legislature on Tuesday, where party leaders took turns to air dirty laundry under the guise of debate.

This after the ANC brought the motion to the legislature, following accusations by the opposition party that Zille used government resources to employ a private company to “do debugging”, which the party suggested was used for bugging instead.

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Zille said the impeachment motion was nothing but nonsense that made a mockery of the provincial legislature.

“Just because the ANC makes wild allegations, does not mean they are true. In fact, it means the dead opposite.”

She said ANC Western Cape leader Marius Fransman was desperate as people were discovering things about him and he wanted to use the “spy saga” to make them inadmissible in court.

Zille said Fransman had a lot to hide and challenged him to get a lifestyle audit.

‘Waste of time’

DA Chief Whip Mark Wiley called the motion pathetic and without substance.

He took the legislature through what he perceived to be Fransman’s “shortcomings.”

Wiley said Fransman had failed to meet a deadline to declare his assets for two years in a row, and still needed to prove that he had not received funding from gangsters.

The ANC brought the motion to the legislature in terms of Section 130 (3) of the National Constitution and had to prove the premier was guilty of serious misconduct; violation of the constitution or the law or unable to perform the functions of her office.

The African Christian Democratic Party said the motion was a waste of time, with Fransman creating media hype in a bid to give it credence.

 

Fransman said the tender specifications for Paul Scheepers’s company were too wide and left too much room for interception.

He accused Zille of hiring Scheepers, who, according to him, had no proper tax clearance.

The ANC’s Richard Dyantyi said the “spy saga” was not surprising.

He said Zille was guilty of hiring a public servant as a service provider.

Twenty three members voted to change the motion, while 14 voted against it.

Twenty three members voted to pass a motion fully endorsing Zille.

 

The ANC is in a deep and fundamental crisis says Zille

November 19, 2014

The leader of the DA, Helen Zille has said that  Parliament is not the  institution in deep and fundamental crisis – its actually the ANC that is in terminal decline.

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“The ANC is in a crisis.  Their crisis is not only deep and fundamental.

It is terminal, although the unravelling of this once-great party will take a long time, interspersed with catalytic moments, some big – like the NUMSA expulsion – and some small,” said Zille.

“The symptoms of the ANC’s internal crisis have surfaced in every institution in our country, public and private.

But the fact that so many are “fighting back” to defend the integrity and independence of these institutions is a source of great optimism.

As the ANC disintegrates its leaders will seek diversions and scapegoats, but this will be in vain.

The ANC reached its peak in the 2004 general election, under President Thabo Mbeki, and history will recall that it was downhill from there.

The DA’s job, during the next five years, is to prevent the ANC from turning its crisis into a crisis for South Africa’s democracy.  This is an enormous challenge as the events in Parliament last week showed,” concluded Zille.

The ANC is running scared says Helen Zille

April 14, 2014

We are only three weeks away from the most important national election in twenty years.

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The DA has travelled to every corner of the country delivering our message of hope.

We are doing this despite the ANC abusing all state resources at its disposal to prevent South Africans from hearing our message.

Last week, the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) gave out blankets and food parcels at a rally ANC President, Jacob Zuma was speaking.

This week, the DA was informed that our election adverts will be pulled from both SABC radio and TV stations.

And don’t expect to see yourselves on TV tonight. According to reports in the newspapers today, SABC journalists have been instructed not to show pictures of crowds at DA rallies!

This shows how afraid the ANC is of the blue wave that is sweeping the country in all it glorious diversity.

We will not stand by and let this election be stolen by the ANC. We will not give up without a fight – the democratic rights of every South African are at stake.

The ANC is very scared of the blue machine. That is why they use every public platform to attack us with lies.

They are afraid because more and more people are seeing the truth. The DA is the most diverse party in South Africa.

We deliver more to the poor where we govern than the ANC. And we are the only party with the policies to beat the legacy of apartheid and create the jobs our people so desperately need.

History can be made here in the Eastern Cape. I can feel it everywhere I go in this province. I see more and more blue people in the streets.

Just a few weeks ago Gwede Mantashe visited Sterkspruit but was chased out of the town because the residents were so angry. Almost exactly a year ago to the day, I visited Sterkspruit after the residents there invited me to see how bad things had got.

I told them then that things did not have to be like that – that they could vote for a better government and reject their current corrupt government.

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It looks like they took my message to heart! More and more people are taking that message to heart across the Eastern Cape, and across South Africa.

The good news is that you can change things yourself through your vote. Elections give you a chance to choose a party that takes your needs seriously. Your vote can bring about real change.

Your vote can bring a government in this province and in this country that is serious about fixing our economy and creating jobs.

Things can change in the Eastern Cape. The DA is growing! We can bring change that stops corruption and creates jobs.

We can bring change that opens opportunities to everyone, that improves education, that spends much more money on basic services for the poor, and that actually delivers the better life for all.

Helen Zille

4 million voters unregistered in SA

September 16, 2013

According to the IEC (Independent Electoral Commission), four million young South Africans are not registered to vote in next year’s election. And many of them are potential DA voters.

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Registering is the first necessary step to winning. I cannot emphasise it enough: We can only win if we can register enough people on the registration weekend on 9 and 10 November.

It means a growing economy with more jobs, better schools, more service delivery to the poor, and less corruption.

From here, if we register enough people to vote next year, we can win. We can win in the Western Cape, we can win in Gauteng, and we can lay the groundwork for….a DA government to the whole of South Africa.

Helen Zille

Helen Zille remains as leader of DA

November 27, 2012

Wilmot James was voted in as the DA’s federal chairman, it was announced on Sunday.

The three elected as deputy federal chairs were: Mmusi Maimane, Anchen Dreyer, and Makashule Gana.

Helen Zille was unopposed and remains as the DA leader.

The DA is gaining more and more support in non traditional areas and we are looking forward to the elections in 2014.

There has been positive reaction from the non tradional wards in Kouga regarding the DA conference. It is becoming clear to voters that the DA is a truly non racial party in which all voters can find a home.

Zille welcomes High Court ruling over Malema

June 15, 2012

The Western Cape High Court ruling handed down yesterday confirmed a retraction and apology by the ANC Youth League, Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu for various defamatory statements made by them during 2009.

Helen Zille, the leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) issued summonses following statements made during 2009 by the ANC Youth League, Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu, after she had requested them to apologise and they had failed to do so. In the settlement reached between the parties, the following terms have been agreed to and are now an order of court:

  • The ANC Youth League, Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu unreservedly apologise for the defamatory statements made by them.
  • The ANC Youth League, Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu unequivocally retract the defamatory statements.
  • The ANC Youth League, Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu are jointly and severally liable to pay Zille’s taxed legal costs.

“These court orders are a victory for constitutional democracy and the norms that the law sets out in terms of defamation.” said Zille.

“There is no room for unfounded defamatory statements in our society and this ruling upholds that in clear and strong terms. Politics must be about issues, not gratuitous and baseless insults.”

Helen Zille responds to the Public Protector’s final report

June 1, 2012

We welcome the release of the Public Protector’s final report on the communications tender which vindicates the Western Cape Government on this matter. The report shows, above all, that the entire exercise was a storm in a teacup stirred up by our political opponents. We appreciate the fact that the Public Protector took our comments, and those of our senior counsel, seriously.

The entire affair was a waste of the Public Protector’s time and cost the South African taxpayer hundreds of thousands of rands at least, that could better have been spent on service delivery.

In fact, it would be useful to analyse the complainants and their motives which we believe have been shown to be both frivolous and malicious by the content of the final report. In this context, it is also essential to ask who leaked the draft report, an action that the Public Protector states she finds unfortunate and unethical.

From the outset, it was stated in the draft report (and confirmed in the final report) that:

There was no corruption in the awarding of the TBWA/Hunt-Lascaris contract.
There was no political involvement, interference or manipulation in the procurement process.
The Premier was not personally involved in the procurement process.
The presence of special advisers on the tender bid evaluation committee made no difference to the outcome of the evaluation.

The Public Protector’s final report differs from the draft report in several key ways. Contrary to the draft, the final report concludes that there was nothing unlawful in the awarding of the contract and it withdraws the finding that it was invalid. It thus also withdraws the recommendations that the contract be cancelled and that disciplinary processes be instituted against certain officials implicated in the draft report.

In the event, the Public Protector has found that some of our administrative processes in managing transversal tenders – especially those relating to demand management – were faulty, but we had already identified this problem early on in the process and taken steps to rectify it.

The report confirms that the amount of money at issue is R8696 spent on re-advertising the tender. We disagree that this constituted ‘fruitless and wasteful expenditure’, because it must be seen relative to the cost of not re-advertising and potentially compromising the process further. (To put this amount into perspective, it is about the same we spent flying officials to the Public Protector’s media briefing in Pretoria this morning.)

In conclusion, the tender was therefore validly awarded and the contract is legitimate, which is precisely and exactly what our own internal assessment concluded long before it was taken to the Public Protector and our political opponents sought to make a mountain out of a molehill. They now stand exposed.

Helen Zille responds to Western Cape corruption allegations

May 14, 2012

A provisional report, drafted for the Public Protector, into the Western Cape Government’s “alleged improper procurement of communications services” was leaked to the media a week before the agreed deadline for our response.

This in itself is highly irregular, and prejudices our right to rectify what our Senior Counsel, Advocate Geoff Budlender, believes to be material legal errors in the draft report, before the report is finalised. Without casting aspersions on the Public Protector herself, we believe this premature leak prejudices the administration of justice and compromises our rights.

Under normal circumstances it would not be appropriate to respond to the draft report in public before we have interacted with the Public Protector and given her the opportunity to consider the legal opinions we have obtained, and correct the draft before the publication of the final report.

We have tried repeatedly to make contact with her since we became aware that the report, written on her behalf, had been leaked late last week. Our attempts have failed. We therefore have no alternative but to state our case publicly. We also place on record that, should the draft report’s material errors in law not be rectified in the final report, we will take the findings on review to the High Court.

It is important to point out that there are a number of central points that are beyond contestation and are accepted as “common cause” by all parties in the matter.

Most importantly it is accepted that there was no corruption whatsoever, nor any evidence of political involvement, interference or manipulation in the procurement process.

The draft report finds that two (out of the six) people who served on a tender bid evaluation committee should not have done so. The two were special advisers to the Premier, Ryan Coetzee and Gavin Davis. However, the Public Protector’s draft report acknowledges that there was no attempt to improperly influence or manipulate the process, that the presence of the special advisers made no difference to the outcome of the evaluation, and that indeed one of the special advisers, Ryan Coetzee, had supported another company during the short-listing.

The key paragraphs in the Public Protector’s draft report are as follows:

7.1.1: “No evidence was presented or found during the investigation that indicates any involvement of the Premier personally in the procurement process”.

7.1.2: “There was also no indication found suggesting that the Premier instructed that her special advisers should be (or that she was aware that they were) involved in the drawing up of the specifications of the tender and appointed as members of the Bid Evaluation Committee.”

Turning to the role of the special advisers, the Public Protector’s draft report concludes:

7.6.2: “There was no suggestion that the special advisers of the Premier that were involved in the procurement acted improperly or tried to manipulate or influence the process in any manner.”

7.11.2: “During short-listing the majority of BEC members rated TBWA as the highest, with the exception of Mr Coetzee.”

Despite this, the Public Protector’s draft report concludes that the involvement of the special advisers was “unlawful” and therefore rendered the contract “invalid”, requiring its termination.

According to our senior counsel, Advocate Geoff Budlender, this conclusion is legally flawed and cannot be sustained because there is nothing in the Constitution, the Public Finance Management Act, the Treasury Regulations, or the Accounting Officer’s System that, explicitly or implicitly, prohibits the involvement of special advisers in the bid evaluation process.

According to Budlender’s opinion, on the subject of EXPLICIT prohibition, he says:

23. “I have been unable to find anything in the Constitution, the PFMA, the Treasury Regulations or the AOS [Accounting Officer System] which explicitly makes it unlawful for a special adviser to be a member of a BEC.”

35. “It follows from what I have said that there is no provision in the law which explicitly prohibits the participation of special advisers as members of a Bid Evaluation Committee.”

Turning to possible implicit legal constraints, Budlender notes:

55. “Under the circumstances I do not think one can draw the inference that the law implicitly prohibits the participation of a special adviser in a BEC [bid evaluation committee]…”.

Budlender concludes that the argument for terminating the contract cannot be legally sustained. In fact he explicitly says that the Western Cape Government does not have the legal power to terminate the contract. In order to do so, we would have to make an application to the Cape High Court, but this would be unlikely to succeed because “the court would inevitably find that considerations of public interest, pragmatism and practicality lead to the conclusion that the award of the tender should not be set aside.” (para 76).

In fact, if we were to make an application to Court to terminate the communications contract it would result in fruitless and wasteful expenditure.

The draft Public Protector’s report also contains a number of additional comments and conclusions which we contest.

However, we agree that the R8 696 spent to re-advertise the tender could have been avoided, but this money was spent precisely to prevent future and potentially significant fruitless and wasteful expenditure that would have been incurred if the error in the original advertisement had not been corrected early on.

The administrative flaws that emerged in managing the original tender process (which required special procedures in order to apply to all departments) were identified early on through our internal systems, and rectified long before the issue became a public matter. We immediately acknowledged the administrative shortcomings at the start of the process and we are constantly working to improve them.

None of these administrative glitches involved anything unlawful. Nor did they amount to material failings that could not be rectified. They were, in fact, rectified and the awarding of the tender was not compromised.

As for the value of the communications tender: When reports first appeared, absurd sums of up to R1-billion were given. It is worthwhile noting that since the contract was brought into effect less than R6-million has been spent on communications with the agency, of which TBWA, the company involved, has received less than R1-million.

There are, of course, the inevitable calls for me to resign as a result of the Public Protector’s draft report. I had undertaken to resign if the tender was found to be corrupt. It is common cause that there was no corruption whatsoever, and I regard these resignation calls as the normal political posturing that should be treated as such.

I will be making all of these, and other points, to the Public Protector myself when I meet her later this week in order to give her the opportunity to rectify the report before she finalises it under her name.

Sincerely yours,

Helen Zille