It gives me great pleasure to report that among the political activities I have been involved in recently included donating school stationery to under privileged children from the informal settlements around Butterworth.
It was a good opportunity to have a word with the parents, to encourage and support them to ensure that their kids remain in school. Education is the ticket out of the cycle of poverty. Their children may even one day be able to move their parents to better houses. However, this will only happen if the children and their parents adopt a culture of learning.
I was with local councillor Tabisa Goniwe, wearing our DA T-shirts to show the community that the DA supports education.
In a related incident, I have written to the Premier, Noxolo Kiviet, after I was informed that the MEC for Social Development, Pemmy Madjodina, had used public funds from her department’s budget for school uniforms.
The uniforms were distributed en masse at the Msobomvu Hall in Butterworth on Tuesday (29 January) by the MEC and ANC activists, dressed up in party colours and T-shirts.
The ANC in Butterworth is clearly running scared of the DA when they have to resort to abusing state funds in order to shore up their flagging support. The DA believes in clear, transparent government, not the blatant abuse of power and party politicking as demonstrated by the MEC. The ANC continually blurs the lines between party and state and this is another example.
The Premier must account for the funds and explain where the money for the uniforms came from.