The DA’s head honcho started with a tried and tested zinger. Steenhuisen remarked that the ANC acronym actually stands for ‘Absolutely No Consequences’. He proceeded to reel off a list of failures attributed to Ramaphosa’s Cabinet, arguing that not a single minister ‘could keep a job in the private sector’. Ouch…
“No-one in this government fears consequences. They are confident that no failure will dislodge them. One of the oldest jokes going is that ANC stands for ‘Absolutely No Consequences’. That’d be funny, if it wasn’t so true.”
“Why do we still persist with one of the most corrupt Cabinets in the world? We have 38 ministries in South Africa… for what? It’s for the sole purpose of rewarding otherwise unemployed cadres job. Not one minister would last a day in the private sector, where accountability actually matters.”
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Steenhuisen kept the fire and brimstone coming. At one point, he was heckled about making ‘weak points’ by an ANC member. He responded by telling the MP, and his party, to get their tax affairs in order.
This was the sort of stage Steenhuisen has thrived on over the years. He continued to scorch the Cabinet, and reminded politicians on both benches that they now have a chance ‘to put country before party’
“You should pay your taxes before you talk about weakness… Ministers may not face consequences, but tens of millions of South Africans do. The failure in this Cabinet wreaks havoc across the land. In our real world, thousands of South African children die from acute malnutrition. Meanwhile, ministers go out and buy luxury vehicles.”
“Not one of them has been held accountable. That’s why they keep living it up at the taxpayers expense. SA needs a fresh start. This could be our clean slate. We know Ramaphosa doesn’t have the backbone to get rid of the Cabinet – so all we need now is members of this House to put their country before their party.”
“Today is not about settling scores or playing politics.
Today is about restoring the most sacred and fundamental tenet of any democracy: The principle of accountability.” – @jsteenhuisen
— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) March 30, 2022