More heavy politics have disrupted the proceedings at the State of the Province Address (SOPA) on Friday, leading to it’s indefinite suspension. This after an African National Congress (ANC) Member in the Provincial Legislature (MPL) raised a point of order.
MPL’s voted unanimously for a two day suspension for Pierre Uys, after he interrupted the Premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille, only moments before she was to deliver her speech, detailing the plan forward for the Western Cape.
The so-called “would-be SOPA” has been cancelled indefinitely. There is no clear date when or if Zille will be delivering her address. In a media briefing, Zille said the ANC had been hypocritical, as they had conducted themselves exactly as the Economic Freedom Fighters did during SONA 2015.
According to reports, the ANC had brought up a matter relating to an alleged racist comment made by Zille last December. The matter will now be heard before an Independent Judge pending a new date for SOPA.
Meanwhile, Zille took the opportunity to give her address during a media briefing after and also made her entire speech available at www.westerncape.gov.za. VOC (Raeesah Isaacs)