The DA is strongly opposed to Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that 40% of government contracts will in future be awarded to women – owned businesses.
Ramaphosa said in his weekly newsletter that at least 40% of the state’s contracts for goods or services must henceforth be acquired by women-owned enterprises as part of efforts to empower women economically.
However, Natasha Mazzone, the DA’s chief, says this is not a sincere attempt to empower women, but “just another cynical attempt by the ANC to further loot the state’s coffers”.
Mazzone says South Africans should not be fooled.
“It is not ordinary women who will benefit from this announcement: only ANC cadres and those with whom they have ties who will receive contracts and subsequent payments. The ANC does not care about women’s empowerment, it only cares about its own pocket. “
Mazzone says state tenders should only be awarded on merit and at a time of severe economic suffering and record high unemployment, the poor need contracts to be given to those who deserve them and not because someone has an affiliation with the ANC.
“Our opposition to the blatant attempt to hijack every last rand of state money is not opposition to women’s empowerment – even if that is what the ANC would like citizens to believe. “South Africans have been abused by this government long enough to see that it is only a BEE and a quota system in another form and that only the ANC will benefit from it.”
Mazzone says it is a shame that the ANC is using so-called empowerment as a cover for just more looting – and that while the country is reeling from a spate of gender-based violence.
“We saw the same thing at the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) where the ANC used the institution to loot and fill the pockets of ANC Youth League cadres under the pretext of transformation and progress.
“There will soon be nothing left to steal.”
The DA says the party sees through the “obvious corruption” and that it is just another sign that Ramaphosa is part of the corrupt ANC.
“They [the ANC] do not have what it takes to empower women.”