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Western Cape Premier Alan Winde. Photo: Jaco Marais

Western Cape SOPA: Alan Winde lambasted as ‘weak imitation of Zille’

Opposition parties were not too thrilled with Alan Winde’s SOPA speech.

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Western Cape Premier Alan Winde. Photo: Jaco Marais

Cape Town’s new mayor, Alan Winde delivered his maiden State of the Province Address (SOPA) to the Western Cape Legislature on Thursday, 18 July.

However, his promise of delivering a province that functions independently from the rest of the country was met with ire from opposition parties who have labelled him the ‘weak imitation of Helen Zille’.

Western Cape SOPA: Key points from Alan Winde speech


Winde proudly noted the strides the DA-led government has made over the years in investing in the future of South Africa.

He noted that, to date, the Western Cape government has funnelled an estimated R171-billion towards education, of which R53-million has assisted pupils attending fee-paying schools.

Spatial planning

The mayor revealed that the City is currently running projects whose objective is to redress the impacts of apartheid spatial planning.

He warned though, that this could only be achieved with compliance from national government. Alan Winde indicated that the process of developing low-cost housing was obstructed by the national government’s failure to release identified state-owned land.


For Alan Winde, the issue of Eskom’s instability was one of the chief reasons why the Western Cape needed to function independently from the state.

He revealed that the City is exercising its legal rights to push the Ministry of Energy’s hand in allowing the Western Cape to purchase power directly from Independent Power Producers.

“To mitigate this unacceptable risk, I will continue to push the Minister of Energy to authorise municipalities to buy power directly from Independent Power Producers,” Winde stated.

Opposition parties tear into Winde’s ‘fallacious speech’

While most of what Winde covered in his speech rallied up the majority of the provincial legislature, some felt that it did not speak to the real issues the Western Cape deals with.


The ANC’s deputy chief whip in the Western Cape, Patronella Zingisa, discarded Winde’s speech as “a very weak imitation of Zille and the weakest political leader the DA fielded in its core area the Western Cape.”

“The ANC has seen how Winde modelled himself as a separatist, yearning for the Western Cape to cut itself off from the rest of the country for a confederal or another secessionist reason. This coup has been thought through by Winde and his cabinet team, he makes us believe<” Zingisa exclaimed.

She questioned Winde’s meddling with the ongoing changes at the helm of the provincial SAPS structures, claiming that it may be a case of attempting to save himself from ongoing investigations he is currently dealing with.

“Winde wants to break up the SAPS and establish his own provincial police force within this “Republic of Good Hope” to also expand neighbourhood watches from rogue vigilante groups into statutory policing units.

“He wants to take over public land for development (which has a different meaning in DA circles to the general meaning for social housing/human settlements), but does not surrender all the land he clings to; take over and expand capital-intensive water and sanitation infrastructure of the national government for “agriculture” and wishes to take over public transport — especially rail — to give routes to pals in order to “introduce competition,” she added.

Cameron Dugmore, the ANC’s party leader in the Western Cape, took on a different tone to that of Zingisa’s. He pleaded with Winde to not waste time with the politically-influenced business of the police and railways.

Holding out an olive branch, Dugmore invited the mayor to allow himself the will to work in cohesion with opposition parties to build unity and a province that works together for the good of the people.

“There are many international examples of how nations, in order to resolve fundamental challenges facing them in a war or post-war situation or to overcome natural disasters, have formed united fronts to confront a common enemy.

“As OR Tambo said, we should never reject ideas because they come from those we regard as the enemy or the opposition. Given the scale of challenges we face, we in fact do not have a choice. We have to work together.

“We know that local elections are looming. We know that there is a real temptation to conduct ourselves in a way which always places party interests first. The time has arrived for a new approach in the Western Cape,” he said.

Good Party

However, Brett Herron from the Good party, a breakaway faction that was once a part of the DA, did not share Cameron’s sentiments.

He charged at Winde’s speech, accusing the mayor of making excuses and failing to understand that running a province is not like “playing Monopoly”.

“Integrity is when your actions show you are delivering what you say. What I heard [were] gimmicks and excuses,” he exclaimed.

Herron criticised Winde’s idea that the development of the Forest Village Housing Project, situated in Eerste Rivier, was a step towards dismantling apartheid spatial planning.

“Forest Village is not justice. It does not represent spatial integration. It will not vanquish apartheid, as you say. It is more than 30 kilometres from Cape Town, further away than the townships created during apartheid. It entrenches racial inequality, spatial and economic injustice. It places the poor far from opportunity, and keeps them poor,” he added.

Herron challenged the mayor to talk less and do more. The Good Party leader stated that instead of championing First Thursdays as an indication of the government’s commitment to its people, he ought to address the reality faced by the displacement of millions of township dwellers who struggle to enjoy the same opportunities.

“But if you are serious about taking your government to the people then take it to those who cannot come to you. Take your government to Nyanga and Mannenberg, Thembalethu and Zwelihle,” he exclaimed.

Winde is expected to respond to the provincial legislature’s fiery debate around his speech on Thursday.