The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) interrupted the start of the State of the Province Address (SOPA) by North West Premier, Supra Mahumapelo, in Klerksdorp in the North West.
During the chaos, EFF member Betty Diale interrupted Premier Mahumapelo’s speech. Diale was questioning Mahumapelo on whether or not he will respond to questions from the EFF regarding the donation of game by the provincial government to some business people in the province.
After the situation was contained, the Premier continued by re-committing his government to 6% growth this year.
“Six percent is what we want to achieve as a province. The provincial contribution percentage to the national GDP in as far as the agricultural sector is concerned in the province is 2.6%. The percentage contribution indicated is the direct contribution without backward and forward linkages.”
Mahumapelo says agriculture, culture and tourism are the main economic drivers.
However, opposition parties were not impressed. According to Diale, “He still talks about the trucks that still delivers water from one area to the other villages. We are saying that we are not interested in trucks delivering water for our people. We want a long solution to our water problems in our province.”
North West DA leader, Joe McGluwa, brought up another contentious issue.
“The Premier indicated there is no problem with them having strong allegiances with the Guptas. So as a province, we now know where we stand with the Premier as well as the Guptas,” says McGluwa.
Premier Mahumapelo says infrastructure and skills hold the key to real economic development.
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