'ANC's actions during WC Sopa were unnecessary'

Western Cape opposition parties have condemned the ANC for disrupting the State of the Province Address.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille seated in the Provincial Legislature as points of order are being raised by ANC MPLs on 20 February 2015. Picture: Chanel September/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Political parties in the Western Cape legislature have voiced their dissatisfaction with the ANC for disrupting the State of the Province Address.

Proceedings were adjourned on Friday before Western Cape Premier Helen Zille could deliver her speech.

The African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP)'s Ferlon Christians says the ANC's actions were unnecessary and disruptive.

"I don't think it's about points of order. I don't think it's about anything else. It's about them with and an agenda and playing cheap politics."

Christians says the ANC has ruined an opportunity for Western Cape residents to hear what the Democratic Alliance (DA) has planned for the province in the coming years.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) member Nazier Paulsen echoed their sentiments saying the ANC tried to mimic their actions during the State of the Nation Address last week.

Meanwhile, the ANC's chief whip in the province Pierre Uys has been suspended for two days after disrupting Zille's speech.

Uys later defended his actions saying the opening of the legislature was the first and only sitting in which the ANC could raise its concerns.


In the Eastern Cape, the premier's State of the Province Address concluded without a hitch.

Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle on Friday promised "winds of change" in the troubled province.

With his current director-general in prison after being accused of raping a relative, Masualle announced a new provincial head of department will be appointed in April.

In his State of the Province Address, the premier has undertaken to strengthen levels of accountability and to instil a culture of execution.

Masualle has also prioritised job creation and the accelerated delivery of schools and homes.