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‘It is not the job of the government to create jobs’ – Patricia de Lille

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Patricia de Lille was addressing the Town Hall Talks in Cape Town under her new political party, Good Party, and claimed to have created 26 000 jobs.

Former Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille had announced her new party, known as the Good Party, at the end of 2018, after she left long-term party Democratic Alliance (DA). Speaking at eNCA’s first town hall talks held on Thursday, 14 March 2019, in Cape Town, Good Party leader Patricia de Lille said it was, in fact, not the government’s job to create job opportunities, but the private sector’s duty instead.

“It’s a lie to say that governments create jobs. It is not the job of government to create jobs, it’s the job of the private sector. Stop lying to people. And all the jobs that have been created in the Western Cape, 26 000 jobs, [were] created under my leadership,” she said to applause from the Good Party’s supporters, clad in the party’s orange t-shirts.

In her address, she also said that Good Party was focused on providing good services to the people. She said that, until some of the underserviced communities in Cape Town are paid attention, then there is no change.

“What we dreamt of in our free South Africa and the reality and the ground is just too far apart. So, Good has got a plan to fix the Western Cape and to fix South Africa. Until you feel the change in Manenburg and Hanover Park and [KwaLanga] and Gugulethu and in Swellendam then there’s no change here. What Good will do is that we will make sure that we have a good house, that we build good homes and good communities. That we provide good education, that we provide good job opportunities,” she said.

While launching her new party in December 2018, de Lille, once again, explained why she left the DA after being a leader in the party for so many years.

“I vowed to focus on addressing the apartheid spatial plan of our city which persists, and which pushes poor, mostly black and coloured families, to continued exclusion,” she said.

“For two years I endured a vile and relentless dirty-tricks campaign to get rid of me as mayor of Cape Town and to damage my reputation.”

“I have spent my entire life fighting for a society that is just, fair and caring and will not rest until this is achieved.”

Abenathi Gqomo
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