Madame Speaker culture can broadly be described as the way of life of a specific group of people. It can be seen in ways of behaving, beliefs, values, customs followed, amongst others. Culture has been called “the way of life for an entire society”.
This brings into question the culture of South Africa as a whole. I encourage the members present to think about:
The culture of democracy in South Africa today and;
The culture of accountability;
I am sure the very thoughts of these cultures have disheartened many in this house, the province, country as a whole and the world at large.
Madame Speaker, since 2009, in the Western Cape, we have become accustomed to a culture of constitutionality, accountability and overall good clean governance. Annual reports, investment attraction and the increasing number of individuals in search of better prospects into the Western Cape bears witness to this culture.
Speaker, Chapter 1 of our constitution states “The Republic of South Africa is one sovereign, democratic state founded on the following values:
a) Human dignity, the achievement of equality and the advancement of human rights and freedoms.
b) Supremacy of the constitution and the rule of law and
c) Universal adult suffrage, a national common voter’s roll, regular elections and a multi-party system of democratic government, to ensure accountability, responsiveness and openness”.
On paper, it appears we have the most progressive culture in the world, but in reality, the supreme law of our constitution is being violated by the national leaders and ruling party who ought to protect and be guided by it.
(ZUMA NOT APPEARING IN FRONT OF PARLIAMENT IS ONE EXAMPLE)
Speaker, in reality:
We have a ruling party which closes democratic space in our National Parliament and a President who refuse to be held accountable as stated by the Constitution. (Nkandla Whitewash bears witness to this culture.)
The DA does not and never will accept this culture and pretty soon (2016 and 2019) the rest of the country will not either and show their rejection at the voting polls as the majority has done in the Western Cape.
It’s high time that the Ruling Party realise it is not about them but about the future of our Grandchildren.