DA Debates Freedom Day

Note to editors: The following speeches were delivered in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature today by the DA Gauteng Caucus Leader, John Moodey MPL and DA Spokesperson on Economic Development, Ashor Sarupen MPL, during a debate on Freedom Day.


Speech by: John Moodey MPL

 “Millions jobless despite 22 years of freedom”

  • 22 years of the peoples’ choice in government and the best constitution in the world yet far too many of our people are still struggling.
  • Millions of South Africans are still in chains and denied their dignity and are robbed of a brighter future.
  • 22 years on yet far too many of our people will remain oppressed by unemployment and poverty – they are denied quality basic services, their future remains bleak because of corruption and self-enrichment by those in authority.

The full speech can be obtained here.


Speech by: Ashor Sarupen MPL

“The DA embodies the values of uTata Madiba”

  • On the 27th of April 1994, we as a nation cast off our shackles, our prejudices, forgave each other, and, for the first time, elected a government on the basis of one person, one vote.
  • Using stereotypes to discredit people is wrong.
  • Verwoerd’s dream was to box people in on identity politics. To say that if you are Indian, or black, or coloured you live only in certain areas, practice certain religions, sound only a certain way with a certain language and can only attain a certain level of education was his dream – and it was wrong. It was evil.

The full speech can be obtained here.


Media enquiries:

John Moodey MPL

DA Gauteng Caucus Leader

082 960 3743


Ashor Sarupen

DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Social Development

060 558 8303

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