SOPA response: Western Cape must appreciate the spirit of cooperative governance, says EFF


By Mwangi Githahu Feb 19, 2021

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Cape Town – Prime Minister Alan Winde’s remarks on the province’s independent quest for complementary vaccines in his State of the Province Address (SOPA) came under the microscope of the opposition during Thursday’s debate at the legislature.

ANC provincial health spokesperson Rachel Windvogel said: “The purchase of the vaccine in the Western Cape is a costly and futile exercise which aims to create confusion and division in society.

“The billions allocated to purchasing vaccines can be better used to strengthen our public health care and employ much needed health workers.”

EFF MPL Melikhaya Xego said the AD should stop trying to compete with the national government on all fronts, including handling the Covid-19 pandemic.

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“The DA government in this province needs to appreciate cooperative governance. Instead of wanting to take credit for everything, the DA must act as a partner in the bigger picture and stop competing with the national government.

“The AD government in the province always wants to appear to be overtaking the national government.”

The good party MPL Brett Herron said: “The question is not whether the Western Cape is constitutionally allowed to buy vaccines. The questions are how this will happen in the event of a global shortage and what the impact will be on the national agenda. “

On the issue of land use planning and land use planning, Provincial Opposition Leader Cameron Dugmore (ANC) said: “Here in Greyton it is DA Theewaterskloof council that wants to sell land. first rate at a private school for 100 rand. It is a perfect site for an integrated human settlement and a concrete means of overturning the spatial planning of apartheid.

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“Just like in Tafelberg, where the DA prefers to sell land to private interests, rather than using it for affordable housing for domestic and general workers at Sea Point.”

He added: “There is a huge opportunity to work with the community, national and local government to accelerate the transformation process of some rural areas so that the community can truly benefit from the thousands of hectares of available land. But it takes commitment and collaboration. “

Responding to the debate, Winde said: “The only thing that stood out to me during the debate and that really surprised me was the amount of energy invested in delivering the speech, that I tabled the document or have mechanisms like WhatsApp groups. “

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Winde said: “There was a lot of noise about the means of delivery and little discussion of the substance of the speech, the details and the data.”

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and regulations put in place to curb the spread of the virus, only a limited number of guests attended the event.

President Mnqasela Masizole said: “Once again, the Legislative Assembly of the Western Cape has demonstrated that, despite the limitations of the difficult times in which we live, the work of the Legislative Assembly continues to represent the interests of our people in an inclusive manner, while being safe and compliant with all Covid -19 health protocols. “

Cape Argus