Frans­man claims un­true

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - COMMENT -

TWO AS­SER­TIONS in Mar­ius Frans­man’s let­ter (“Zille’s plan was to dis­credit”, Satur­day Ar­gus, Novem­ber 9) call for firm re­but­tal.

First, Pre­mier Zille and min­is­ters of the pro­vin­cial cab­i­net have al­ways en­gaged with peo­ple when they come to present their griev­ances in good faith, or re­quest an op­por­tu­nity to do so.

In March 2012, she ac­cepted a mem­o­ran­dum from dis­abil­ity ser­vice and ad­vo­cacy group Cape Men­tal Health, which high­lighted the need for men­tal health care for per­sons with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties.

In May, the pre­mier ac­cepted a mem­o­ran­dum with griev­ances about school fa­cil­i­ties from Khanya Pri­mary School par­ents and school gov­ern­ing body mem­bers in her of­fice.

On Novem­ber 2, she ad­dressed com­mu­nity mem­bers’ hous­ing com­plaints in Cross­roads. On Tues­day, be­fore the of­fi­cial open­ing of the Mitchells Plain Hos­pi­tal, the pre­mier met com­mu­nity mem­bers in Langa about com­plaints con­cern­ing the qual­ity of ser­vices and pub­lic fa­cil­i­ties.

So Mr Frans­man’s claim of nonen­gage­ment with lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties is ab­so­lutely un­true.

Sec­ond, Pre­mier Zille did main­tain deco­rum at the Sal­danha Bay IDZ launch when she was booed and heck­led from when she stepped into the mar­quee, be­fore the for­mal pro­gramme started. The crowd in ANC T-shirts sang abu­sive songs and made rude ges­tures even be­fore she started speak­ing.

She wrote the notes that Mr Frans­man re­ferred to while sit­ting on the stage. From past ex­pe­ri­ence she had a feel­ing the heck­ling ANC crowd would not al­low her to de­liver her speech and was proved right. She re­ferred to her spon­ta­neously writ­ten notes only af­ter she was shouted down. At no point did the crowd calm down.

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