Zille said that the ANC had performed so poorly that all it had left ahead of elections was to divide people along racial lines.
“Their record is bad and the only thing they have left, Madam Speaker, is to divide South Africa on the basis of race,” Zille said in reply to the debate on her lengthy State of the Province address of 19 February.
“And the more people see through this, the louder they shout. They have no credibility left on this particular issue,” the former leader of the DA said, almost shouting above ANC’s heckling from across the floor.
She compared the opposition to “a person who wets his bed every night and then thinks that changing the sheets will solve the problem”, adding that she pitied the opposition, “because they are a party torn apart by racism”.
Zille further pointed out that the leader of the opposition in the legislature, Khaya Magaxa, had picked on her pride over the high take out rate of books in the province’s “excellent” libraries and had called this an example of the DA’s racism.
Referring to the issue raised because of her last speech on libraries, Zille said according to the latest available take out statistics for libraries, in 2013 the take-out rate for library books in the Western Cape was over 20 million per year.
This if followed by Gauteng with nine million but in the Eastern Cape, less than one million books were taken out during that year – around 817 000.
Reading out from a Facebook post allegedly written by City of Cape Town councillor in a way to support her claims, the premier outlined the unhappiness among ANC members over the treatment of embattled ANC provincial chairman Marius Fransman.
‘You should be ashamed’
“I celebrate the fact that in Khayelitsha people have libraries to go to, and you call that racist,”
“So as I predicted, when I expressed delight that our libraries are doing so well in Khayelitsha, it means I am racist,” she said.
“It’s heads they win, tails we lose that’s how they work it on this race debate. Our library facility in Khayelitsha reflects the very opposite of racism. It reflects how much we care for the poor.”
During the debate on her speech, Zille was told that she was excited about this because she could not believe that black people could read and loved reading.
With little interjection from the ANC’s MPl Cameron Dugmore who said the Facebook post read by Zille was fake, Zille pointed out that ANC’s government has a poor performance record all over the states they govern.
Meanwhile, Zille disclosed her displeasure over her Province Address that was not debated by the opposition party in the house. She said it clearly revealed that they were not paying attention to her speech. “They failed to present any alternative vision and the only things they could say was what I did not say.”
Added to this, Zille criticized ANC MPL Khaya Magaxa’s remark that “white privilege and racial prejudice ran through every paragraph, sentence and full stop” of her speech. To this, she said was expressing her delight at the “the high take-out of books” at a library in Khayelitsha. “Our library facilities in Khayelitsha reflects the very opposite of racism, it reflects how much we care.”
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