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Date: 22 January 2019
Note to Editors: The following is an extract from a speech delivered to the media by Northern Cape Premier candidate, Andrew Louw, at a press conference convened at the KFC taxi rank in the Kimberley CBD, this morning.
Attached is a voiceclip from Andrew Louw
Today the DA has gathered at the KFC taxi rank, to tell the people of this province the truth about what has happened to the failing ANC provincial government.
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The Northern Cape provincial government has lost its independence. It is no longer guided by what is best for those who are sick, those who are unemployed, or those who are homeless. It doesn’t act in the best interests of those who are addicted to drugs, those who seek a quality education, or those affected by crime.
Instead, the failing ANC government has sidelined the public and is rather guided by private and corrupt interests.
A powerful elite has infiltrated government and their personal desires significantly influence the decision making of the state. This is to the benefit of the elites and to the detriment of greater society. This is to your detriment, unless you too are connected.
This is state capture.
I am sure you have all heard of the Zondo Commission of Inquiry, which has been investigating the private and corrupt influence on the state and is currently in the midst of listening to the damning testimony of Angelo Agrizzi on the systemic corruption that took place between the government and Bosasa.
Scandalous and criminal information relating to the abuse of billions of rands, is being exposed. The deceit, the collusion and the master manipulation really seem like something from an action thriller.
Unfortunately, state capture is not just a figment of our imagination. It is all too real. So real, in fact that it has not just taken place in the Gupta’s Saxonworld home and in Eskom, but also right here in the Northern Cape, under our very noses.
While much remains to be uncovered in the Northern Cape, the issue I wish to touch on today is the capture of the taxi industry.
Some of you might think that the taxi league is the little league. However, did you know that in 2017, the South African National Taxi Council estimated that the South African taxi industry generates more than R90 billion every year.
While the Northern Cape may have by far the least taxis on our roads, at an estimated 1 830 in 2017, this nonetheless remains a lucrative enough industry to trigger territorial battles and to invite manipulation by the state and corrupt officials.
So much so that last year, it came to light that the Northern Cape Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison, was responsible for issuing approximately 300 illegal taxi licenses.
This in turn has culminated in a pirate taxi industry, operating parallel to the legal taxi industry, in jurisdictions already allocated to legitimate taxi organisations. In fact, the city even sees leased car hire vehicles, of well known rental firms, being used by individuals in this regard.
Given the volatile nature of the taxi industry, this is a threat to the real players in the taxi industry and has already fanned threats of violence.
The Greenpoint Taxi Association in particular has opened criminal dockets against players in alternative associations for attempted murder and assault GBH. Strangely, none of these court cases have proceeded.
Also, no action has been taken against officials in the Department of Transport and Safety for their hand in the issuing of the fraudulent licenses.
On top of this, the department further took a sympathetic stance towards the holders of the fraudulent permits, opting to deal with the matter through a soft “consultation process” as opposed to simply laying down the law.
One can only wonder why?
Could it be because there is high level corruption is at play? Well I suspect it is, yes.
ANC politicians and influential officials are willfully creating an enabling environment for the illegal taxi industry to operate in. They are purposefully refusing to act against the pirate taxi industry, making way for their connections to operate in an already overcrowded sector.
I also want to believe that some of these elites may even be funding the leasing of rental vehicles, that are used as taxis.
Most incriminating, however, is information that would have us believe that the chief official responsible for the issuing of the fraudulent permits, is none other than a close family member of ANC Premier Sylvia Lucas.
I am sure it makes sense now, why the illegal taxi industry is being treated with kid gloves – this is because certain individuals are being protected.
In effect, what we have here is unethical conduct by the Premier and other state functionaries relating to alleged improper relationships and involvement of officials, politicians and private players, resulting in the corrupt award of state benefits to connected individuals. What we have is state capture, ignited and fueled by the failing ANC government.
It goes without saying that all the role players in this orchestrated taxi scam must be held accountable.
The issuing of fraudulent taxi licenses threatens the jobs of legitimate taxi drivers. It also places the lives of commuters at risk. The pirate taxi industry should not be allowed to continue.
Unfortunately, however, for as long as the ANC heads up this government, this situation will continue.
This is because there is too much political involvement in the underworld and too little political will by the ANC government to really address corruption.
The bottom line is that the ANC is unroadworthy. Even with a new driver, under the leadership of President Cyril Ramaphosa, nothing has or will change.
The ANC is like a pirate taxi, steering this province on a treacherous path. They should have long ago lost their license, as they are driving this province into the ground.
The only way out now is to scrap the yellow ANC taxi and choose a new vehicle to govern the Northern Cape and South Africa.
In order to do this, I call on all members of the public to make use of the upcoming voter registration weekend to check that you are properly registered. For first time voters, this is also your time to get registered.
Please don’t miss this opportunity.
Go and check your registration status so that you can vote on election day.
Go and check your registration so that you can hold the failing ANC government accountable for corruption and state capture.
Go and check your registration so that we can revoke the ANC’s license to build an empire for connected cadres only.
Register for change so that together, we can vote the out the ANC at the ballot box and usher in a new blue machine that has the desire and the know how to build One South Africa for All.
Only change under a DA-led government will ensure that the rule of law is upheld so that transport operations can be conducted in an open and transparent manner, that unifies taxi operators and unifies our nation instead of igniting warfare on the taxi battlefield and ravaging government services for the benefit of only the elite.
Under a DA-led government those found to be corrupt will face 15-years in jail.
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DA Northern Cape Premier Candidate
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Shelley De Witt
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