The election of the new Deputy Speaker in the Provincial Legislature today (subs: Tues: 29 June) – Bulelwa Tunyiswa-Gqoboka has everything to do with the factional politics in the tri-partite alliance and nothing to do with the performance of the previous deputy speaker, Neo Moerane.

Barely a year after her election, Moerane was forced to resign. This is a sign of the ongoing tensions in the tri-partite alliance which is retarding service delivery in this province.

This also manifested itself yesterday (28/6/2010) at an election for a Speaker and Mayor in the Mnquma Municipality (Butterworth). There were three candidates for the election, two ANC and one DA (Zama Bomela). After the first round the SACP aligned candidate fell out and the DA candidate lost by a mere five votes in a council of over 60 councillors of which only two are DA councillors.

The ANC will continue to be consumed by internal battles which means that their focus is not on governing. This was proved today when 14 ANC MPL’s stayed away from the sitting. Voters in the coming municipal elections need to vote for change and put the opposition into power.

In the spirit of promoting opposition unity, I, today, nominated Zukiswa Hlekiso-Thabaneng (UDM). She received all 17 opposition votes. This shows the extent to which opposition co-operation is growing in the Provincial Legislature. We are united in our efforts to improve governance in this Province.

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