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ANC blocks motion praising Zille's world mayor award

Ian Davidson, MP
23 October 2008

Statement issued by the Democratic Alliance October 22 2008

ANC running scared: blocks motion acknowledging 2008 World Mayor Award

The ANC's decision today to use its majority in the National Assembly to block a Democratic Alliance (DA) Motion without Notice [text included below] acknowledging DA Leader and Cape Town Mayor, Helen Zille's achievement in winning the 2008 World Mayor Award is both underhanded and highly contemptible.

That the ANC would deny us the opportunity to accord the Leader of the Opposition due honour in this regard shows a pettiness that is deeply unparliamentary. It also illustrates the lengths to which the majority party is willing to go in order to hide what is increasingly clear both to the fractured ANC and to the opposition: that the ruling party is slowly losing its grip on power as more and more South Africans begin to see for themselves that the DA really does deliver.

While the DA's decision to put forward this motion was an attempt to honour a person of great integrity and courage, whose hard work and dedication have garnered international acclaim of the kind all South Africans can be proud of, the ANC's resolution to block this motion was clearly politically motivated.

As grounds for its decision to block the motion, the ANC twice claimed that it had not yet had the chance to read it; yet it is common practice in Parliament that motions without notice need only be submitted by 12h00 on the day in which they are to be presented to the House. The DA submitted this motion, along with 2 others, just after 09h00 yesterday morning, and we received no objections to it from other political parties.

In the end, this brazen attempt by the majority party to intimidate the DA into backing out of presenting a perfectly legitimate and apolitical motion, honouring one of South Africa's favourite daughters, has defeated the very purpose it was intended to achieve, for there has never been clearer proof that Helen Zille and the Democratic Alliance have the ANC running scared.

CHIEF WHIP OF THE DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE

MOTION WITHOUT NOTICE

I move without notice, that the House;

    1. notes that Cape Town Mayor and leader of the Democratic Alliance Helen Zille was awarded the 2008 World Mayor award on Tuesday, 14 October 2008;
    2. further notes that this award, launched by the international urban-affairs think tank City Mayors is aimed at recognizing mayors who have made long-lasting contributions to their communities and are committed to the well being of their cities nationally and internationally;
    3. recognizes that she beat 820 nominees from all over the world making this a truly remarkable achievement;
    4. acknowledges the judging panels statement that "The Mayor of Cape Town has dedicated her professional life to further the wellbeing of all sections of South African society. She has done so with courage, tenacity, and, above all, a deep-felt love for Cape Town, her country and its people;
    5. congratulates Helen Zille not only on this great honour that has been bestowed on her but for placing Cape Town and the rest of the country in the international spotlight and for making the people of South Africa proud.

Statement issued by Ian Davidson, MP, Democratic Alliance chief whip, October 22 2008



 

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Dear Tony
Easy to criticize, harder to prove - what exactly has the ANC done in all of the councils under its control? This is exactly the kind of knee-jerk rhetoric that has led the country to its current situation. It is devious to draw attention away from the . .more

by K25 on October 23 2008, 04:42
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Proud of her
Shame on the ANC. What petty behaviour. Surely it is time to overcome inferiority complexes and acknowledge integrity and devotion to community service where it is due. Helen Zille is a role model for ALL South Africans.

by Zim Exile on October 23 2008, 07:14
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sANCtioned
How does Zuma reconcile this unbelievably petty behaviour with the sANCtimonious drivel he fed to the Americans about political tolerance.

Actually I see this as a positive because it demonstrates for all to see just how much the DA has scared . .more

by ack on October 23 2008, 07:31
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ANC Petty and Spiteful
In the disgraceful, filthy cesspool where I Live (Durban), we can clearly see the difference between Cape Town and our degraded City - governed, off course, by the ANC. A couple of days ago I sent an e-mail to the Durban Mayor and suggested that he, on . .more

by Democrat on October 23 2008, 08:36
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An achievement for a South African
If this honour is rubbished by the ANC, there is no need to say why. Any fool would know that only fools and naives are jealous. If it was an ANC Mayor, the shoe would be on the other foot and it would get standing ovations. The fact that it is the . .more

by Pumpkin eater on October 23 2008, 10:24
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Meanwhile the SABC furniture fights back against ANC Fat MPs
Chair collapses whilst fat ANC MP is interviewed

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7685540.stm

PS Congratulations Helen - wonderful that your excellence is being recognised and sad that the ANC feels so threatened by this global . .more

by Sad Days on October 23 2008, 12:15
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Sad Days
Not a surprise response from White Racists for mixing issues. Cape Town is divided into two,the First World and the Third World. Zille was chosen for looking atfer the First World Citizens bcos the Committee Members only know the First World CT. . .more

by Pops (Not ANC Member) on October 23 2008, 14:15
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Get your facts right Pops
Helen Zille was quietly going into Crossroads every week, long before she was famous, attending to the needs of her constituents there.

She has since become fluent in Xhosa.

If you have ever heard her utter a racist comment then please . .more

by Sad Days on October 23 2008, 23:58
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Zille or ANC racist?
As long as people realize that this behaviour by the ANC is nothing less than blatant racism.

by jaycee on October 24 2008, 09:14
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Proud Midvaaler
Congratulations Helen, from speaking to various members of the public of all races, we are proud that a South African has achieved this award, and hope that it will be an inspiration to all other leaders to adhere to. To the ANC, are we not all South . .more

by Rob on October 27 2008, 07:08
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Well done Helen!
The only reason why anyone would say the prize Helen got is racist is because of an inside envy knowing no one of their race would ever have the ability to achieve something like it.

Why can't can't the ANC just accept it and make it part of our . .more

by democrat on November 28 2008, 09:10
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Simon Says..
Sad Days wrote: "..Not a surprise response from White Racists for mixing issues. Cape Town is divided into two,the First World and the Third World. Zille was chosen for looking atfer the First World Citizens bcos the Committee Members only know the First . .more

by Pale funny-looking human being on May 08 2009, 19:20
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Proud to be Capetonian
I am ashamed to be South African, but extremely proud to be capetonian because of our government. The ANC chooses to disgrace this country's reputation repeatedly eg. (Julius Malema,Eskom,Arms Deal,Media Tribunal etc) but cant say 1 good thing about an . .more

by Yoyo on October 25 2010, 20:17
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