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ANC response to NNP defections to DP

7 June 2000

The Democratic Party today announced defections, allegedly from various political parties.

Commenting on the mass defections from especially the NNP to the DP, ANC Western Cape Leader Ebrahim Rasool said:

"Everything we predicted at the formation of the coalition government in the Western Cape is now coming true. Morkel sold the plum seats on the cabinet and ceded control of 70% of the budget in return for the Premiership.

"In doing so he has allowed the DP to poach from its conservative white base and grab the media headlines.

"It is clear that while the NNP leaders plays down this crisis, the backbenchers of the NNP in the Western Cape are furious and seriously questioning the coalition itself.

"Only today the ANC was surprised at the unprecedented support given to our Tygerberg Councillors by the NNP against the DP in regard to the creation of a section 21 Company. Also at the Provincial Legislature today NNP MPL`s voted unanimously with the ANC in rejecting DP MEC Hennie Bester`s Tourism Bill.

"This is bizarre when one considers that the bill was approved by the coalition cabinet. Morkel has clearly lost control of the NNP MPL`s.

"We have also learned that an ultimatum has been given to the DP by the NNP that if they fail to respect a `non-aggression pact`, the coalition in the province will be ended.

"It is clear to us that the NNP/DP coalition is doomed. It poses a serious crisis for governance in our province and the mandate of Premier Morkel is under serious attack from within the ranks of the NNP.

"The ANC remains convinced that the unholy alliance cannot last."

For any media enquiries, contact:
Cameron Dugmore, Head of Dept: 082-894-7553, or
Gert Witbooi, Provincial Media Officer: 082-570-9118

Issued by African National Congress Western Cape

ANC response to NNP defections to DP

ANC response to NNP defections to DP

7 June 2000

The Democratic Party today announced defections, allegedly from various political parties.

Commenting on the mass defections from especially the NNP to the DP, ANC Western Cape Leader Ebrahim Rasool said:

"Everything we predicted at the formation of the coalition government in the Western Cape is now coming true. Morkel sold the plum seats on the cabinet and ceded control of 70% of the budget in return for the Premiership.

"In doing so he has allowed the DP to poach from its conservative white base and grab the media headlines.

"It is clear that while the NNP leaders plays down this crisis, the backbenchers of the NNP in the Western Cape are furious and seriously questioning the coalition itself.

"Only today the ANC was surprised at the unprecedented support given to our Tygerberg Councillors by the NNP against the DP in regard to the creation of a section 21 Company. Also at the Provincial Legislature today NNP MPL`s voted unanimously with the ANC in rejecting DP MEC Hennie Bester`s Tourism Bill.

"This is bizarre when one considers that the bill was approved by the coalition cabinet. Morkel has clearly lost control of the NNP MPL`s.

"We have also learned that an ultimatum has been given to the DP by the NNP that if they fail to respect a `non-aggression pact`, the coalition in the province will be ended.

"It is clear to us that the NNP/DP coalition is doomed. It poses a serious crisis for governance in our province and the mandate of Premier Morkel is under serious attack from within the ranks of the NNP.

"The ANC remains convinced that the unholy alliance cannot last."

For any media enquiries, contact:
Cameron Dugmore, Head of Dept: 082-894-7553, or
Gert Witbooi, Provincial Media Officer: 082-570-9118

Issued by African National Congress Western Cape

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