Note to editors: This is an extract summary of DA Ekurhuleni Mayoral Candidate, Refiloe Nt’sekhe MPL’s, speech at Ekurhuleni’s “Let’s Get Things Done” rally.
The full speech can be downloaded here.
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Halala, DA, Halala!
Halala, Ekurhuleni, Halala!
Halala, 1 November, Halala!
We are about one week away from an election that is poised to change the landscape of Ekurhuleni.
Today we are in Reiger Park where people live without services, without dignity, and for many – no hope. An area that those in Green, Black and Gold have completely forgotten about.
If you don’t believe me, go look down the road at the site of Leeuwpoort Mega Housing Project!
This project was started in 2017 and should have provided 22 000 housing opportunities by 2024 for the people of Reiger Park and surrounds – but all there is to show for this project are two cranes that have never moved since the day they were delivered to the site.
The only thing mega about this project is the price tag. R2 billion to be precise.
Do you see R2 billion worth of development? There isn’t even one house on the identified land.
But I bet if you look in the pockets of the Cadres running this city – you’ll find these billions.
I have seen taxi ranks, industrial hubs, trading centres, development projects worth millions wasted. Our communities were not consulted with these projects and so no one is using these white elephants.
Monetary waste is but one aspect of the criminal nature of this government. The true crime is the oppression of our people – the missed opportunities to empower our people. The missed opportunity to deliver services to our people.
This is the real crime committed.
Our youth have lost hope and turned to drugs, alcohol for comfort. Unemployment has ravaged their futures.
I have seen our fathers and brothers – able bodied men, reduced to begging and turning to a life of crime just to make ends meet. In increasing circumstances, beating us women and our children to vent their frustrations.
I have seen our fellow mothers and sisters – strong women, turn to unthinkable acts in exchange for payment just to put food on the table.
Yet, the current Mayor would have us believe that this is a clean, safe, thriving city…
Are we living in a clean, safe, thriving city?
No, we are not.
There are over 1000 power outages in Ekurhuleni every single day.
Because the municipality has not invested in new infrastructure or maintained existing infrastructure.
In Phomolong, Tembisa, there is supposed to be a R70 million power station except that instead of a power station, there is an open field.
Yes, it’s a very expensive field. A power station would have increased power security for the communities of Ekurhuleni. Instead this project has lined the pockets of connected cadres.
Residents, you have the power to taste a City where people have dignified lives.
Together we can liberate ourselves from those who have taken us for granted: insulting our existence every day.
Real service delivery, real development and growth will take place under a DA-led administration.
Don’t take my word for it, even the national government agrees that the best run municipalities in South Africa are all run by the DA.
Where the DA governs, we keep the lights on.
Where the DA governs, we make sure that people have access to fresh water and sanitation.
Where the DA governs our cities create an environment conducive to economic growth so that much needed jobs for our people are created.
The DA will put you first, because you – residents of Ekurhuleni, are our most valuable assets.
You are the life blood of this city.
Ekurhuleni, I am here for you.
I am in your corner; I am your champion – I am your humble servant.
On 01 November, take up your power: this election is the last chance to rescue towns and cities from the destruction of the ANC, and stop the free-fall.
Millions of South Africans have used their power to vote the DA into government in places across South Africa because only the DA gets things done. And the 5 best run Municipalities are DA-run.
The ANC & EFF cannot be allowed to rise and work together. If they do, they will be able to change the Constitution and take away rights and protections we all enjoy. Only the DA is big enough to stop this threat, because only the DA is big enough to beat the ANC.
If every single opposition voter unites behind the DA and turns out to vote to stop the ANC & EFF can this be done.
It is only your vote that can hire the DA to fix Ekurhuleni.
This election is for you. To reclaim dignity. To hire the DA to get things done.