Political SOPA opera? Limpopo premier's address ends in high drama


- news24.com | 2 months ago

Chaos broke out at the end of Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha's State of the Province Address (SOPA) in Polokwane, Limpopo, on Friday.The disruptions started when (EFF) provincial leader Jossey Buthane interjected and accused Mathabatha of "coming here and [saying] nothing".

Buthane himself was then interrupted by singing ANC legislature members and people in the public gallery. He called them "baboons dancing to bananas" and EFF members were later forcefully ejected from of the hall.In his almost 90-minute address, Mathabatha spoke about the achievements of the provincial government in the last financial year, ranging from job creation, service delivery, the state of municipalities and education.

"The central part of our efforts over the past five years has been the commitment to grow the economy and create the much-needed jobs for our people, particularly for our young people."Evidence proves that we have not betrayed this commitment," Mathabatha said.He provided figures from the Stats SA's Labour Force Survey which indicated that 317 000 jobs were created since 2014.

He also said new mining projects were in the pipeline and were expected to create jobs in the Capricorn and Sekhukhune districts.According to Mathabatha, the Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone, with investment of about R150bn from China, was the provincial flagship project.Referring to education, Mathabatha did not believe the 2018 Grade 12 examination outcomes reflected a poor state of education in the province.

Limpopo was the worst-performing province.

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