EC Sopa: political parties react

EC Sopa: political parties react


By Zolile Menzelwa
Senior Reporter

Opposition parties in the Eastern Cape provincial legislature have premier Phumulo Masualle’s state of the province address (Sopa) a thumbs down on Friday.

UDM MPL Thando Mpulu labelled the address as a motivational speech. “The premier has accepted that he has dismally failed. There wasn’t much he could say. He failed his core function of coordinating government,” Mpulu said.

DA provincial leader and party premier candidate Nqaba Bhanga said unemployment has increased in the province under the leadership of Masualle. “The ANC government has broken municipalities and infrastructure in the province. New hope must come and the DA can bring that hope. We need a new premier and I am ready,” Bhanga said. He said giving people sustainable jobs would restore people’s .dignity.

Yazini Tetyana of the EFF said there was no traceable legacy Masualle will leave behind. He said Masualle has three months in office and therefore could not commit beyond that adding the Sopa was a waste of resources. Tetyana said the premier gave a false account of how things were on the ground.

“There has been no intervention from provincial government to ailing municipalities. EPWP is not job creation, what we need is industrialisation of the province. Our people must decide if the want to continue being lied to,” Tetyana said.

The two EFF MPLs listened to the Sopa from outside the main event venue as they were chased out for wearing their trademark red overalls and black boots. Responding to the incident, Yazini said there was a law case with all other provinces allowed in legislatures with the outfits.

“We have exhausted internal processes as directed by the court. Our national leadership has given us a go ahead to take the matter to court. We will now go to court,” Tetyana said.

However not all was doom and gloom as ANC provincial secretary Lulama Ngcukayitobi said the party was pleased with the address. “Today was about reporting on the work done and we are happy especially in areas of health, education and infrastructure development. Even for challenges that were highlighted, solutions were presented,” Ngcukayitobi said.

He said the decreasing equitable share due to people leaving the province will be addressed through an improved education system, dealing with corruption and attracting investors.


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