Zille ‘must give hope to peo­ple of West­ern Cape’

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - POLITICS - TSHEGO LEPULE

THE West­ern Cape’s wa­ter cri­sis is set to be Pre­mier He­len Zille’s main fo­cus as she de­liv­ers her State of the Prov­ince Ad­dress (Sopa) on Fri­day.

Po­lit­i­cal an­a­lysts have warned that de­ci­sive lead­er­ship was needed on the drought as well as the “shenani­gans” at the City of Cape Town where be­lea­guered mayor Pa­tri­cia de Lille waits to learn her fate.

Prepa­ra­tions are un­der way for the Sopa de­spite dis­cus­sions by other prov­inces to de­lay their events due to the his­toric post­pone­ment of the State of the Na­tion Ad­dress (Sona).

The DA West­ern Cape Leg­is­la­ture’s chief whip, Mark Wi­ley, said a de­ci­sion was taken to pro­ceed with Sopa as sched­uled.

Po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Daniel Silke said the bulk of Zille’s ad­dress should go towards pro­vid­ing lead­er­ship and clar­ity on the wa­ter cri­sis in the prov­ince.

“She will need to show lead­er­ship in the is­sue of the man­age­ment of the drought and pro­vide some re­as­sur­ance to cit­i­zens of the prov­ince and Cape Town that there is progress be­ing made on the aug­men­ta­tion pro­ce­dure,” Silke said.

“And I think she will have to at least at­tempt to re­duce the sort of mixed mes­sages that we are get­ting from na­tional gov­ern­ment and the City.”

Silke said Zille would also have to pro­vide some re­as­sur­ances with re­gard to the bat­tles sur­round­ing the City of Cape Town mayor, Pa­tri­cia de Lille.

A mo­tion of no con­fi­dence in De Lille is sched­uled for this Thurs­day.

He­len Zille

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