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“Let us make sure that the
Western Cape is not for sale to the highest bidder, as it is now.”These were the words of Patricia
de Lille as she concluded her speech, while the opening chords of Tina Turner’s
“Simply the Best” sounded out through the muggy hall of Hoofweg
Primary School in Wesbank, a grim, impoverished neighbourhood in Cape Town’s
Northern Suburbs.De Lille was launching her
campaign on Saturday to become the premier of the Western Cape under the banner
of Good – the party she founded after leaving the DA and giving up the mayoral
chain of Cape Town in October last year.”I vowed to focus on
addressing the apartheid spatial plan of our city which persists and which
pushes poor, mostly black and coloured families, to continued exclusion,”
she said.”It was at this point that a
cabal within the DA, clearly opposed to fixing the apartheid spatial plan,
turned against me.””For two years I endured a
vile and relentless dirty-tricks campaign to get rid of me as mayor of Cape Town
and to damage my reputation.””I have spent my entire life
fighting for a society that is just, fair and caring and will not rest until
this is achieved.”Dirty tricksAccording to De Lille, the DA
borrowed from apartheid-era tactics in their dirty tricks campaign – sham
investigations with predetermined outcomes, false criminal charges and forged
documents.”I was there when the
Constitution was written,” she said. “So I know my rights.”She said she always believed that
even if the executive branch of state is flawed, there is hope so long as the
judiciary remains upright. So, she turned to the courts.”My faith in the courts was
not misplaced. The Western Cape High Court ruled in my favour three out of
three times.”She said in the coming weeks
summonses will be served on more DA members.”I’m not done with them
yet!”VictimDe Lille said while she was
fighting for the poor, others in the DA – she dubbed them the “laptop
boys” were fighting for the privileged.”I’m a proud victim of this
battle. My exit was inevitable.””I left the bad for the
Good!” she said to rousing applause.She said the Western Cape’s
reputation for being racist is due to the DA and she knows the good people of
the province aren’t racist.”We must make sure we build
one Western Cape for all the people of the Western Cape,” she said. The
DA’s campaign slogan is “One South Africa for all”.De Lille, with a smile, said:
“They give the poor people Sassa cards, and they take Bosasa cards for
themselves!”Much laughter ensued.She stated the skeleton of Good’s
policy positions, which is based on spatial justice, economic justice, social
justice and environmental justice.”We all know that climate change
is a reality,” she said.She also said public land must be
released for public housing. A day before, Western Cape premier Helen Zille
challenged President Cyril Ramaphosa to release state owned land in the
province to make it available for public housing in her final State of the
Province Address.De Lille said people living in
informal settlements should get serviced plots and title deeds.She said in the Western Cape
people with deep pockets rule the political roost, as they keep parties in
power. She said a vote for Good will change that.The event started around 10:00
with, as these things often do, people lining up to receive their obligatory
t-shirt in party colours, in this case, orange.SOURCE: NEWS24


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