Rogue elements in party list, says Trollip
EASTERN Cape DA leader and premier candidate Athol Trollip yesterday used his party’s provincial elections campaign launch in Mdantsane to ridicule the ruling ANC for what he called its lack of interest in fighting corruption.
Speaking mostly in Xhosa, Trollip told the crowd of about 2 500 that the ANC’s candidate list to parliament after the May 7 general elections showed the ruling party was not interested in fighting corruption.
He said the list contained names of “many rogue elements who have a corruption cloud still hanging over them”.
Addressing supporters during the event at the township’s Sisa Dukashe Stadium, Trollip mentioned various ANC candidates who have faced corruption charges.
He however singled out disgraced former communications minister Dina Pule and President Jacob Zuma.
Pule has been found guilty of improper conduct and was fired by Zuma from her cabinet post.
“As the DA we are proud that not a single of our candidates has been charged with corruption or fraud, let alone being found guilty of such.
“In the ANC list you have people like Dina Pule who has been found guilty of misspending taxpayers’ money, but still find their way to the party’s list to parliament.”
Zuma meanwhile had faced more than 700 corruption charges, “but still heads that [candidate] list”, Trollip said to loud cheers.
He said voters should not have confidence in anyone standing as a candidate while they faced corruption charges “let alone being guilty of such an act”.
What the ANC said about fighting corruption and what the ruling party did were two totally different things, said Trollip.
“In the ANC, it seems you can have an arm’s length of corruption charges, in fact they are saying you can steal money from the department and fly your boyfriend around the world with it, but still find your way back to parliament,” he said in reference to public protector Thuli Madonsela’s findings last year that Pule had used taxpayers’ money illegally to travel with boyfriend Phosane Mngqibisa.
Trollip said corruption stood between South Africans and the reality of everyone having an equal chance in life.
“If we fix administration, if we get rid of corruption, if we put the right people into jobs, if we maintain our roads network, and vastly improve our education system, our province the Eastern Cape will become a place where business will flock and jobs created.”
He said the Eastern Cape, which had a high level of unemployment, needed to create jobs and not become a labour pool for other provinces.
“That is why we have policies to improve education and create jobs and pay for every deserving South African’s tertiary education.
“We are a rich country, we can afford to do all these things if we cut out the corruption,” he said.
Sharing the podium, DA Amathole constituency leader and former Eastern Cape premier Nosimo Balindlela said the Eastern Cape could be a better place to live in if cadre deployment and corruption were done away with. —