Working together to fight fraud and corruption in the new Department of Public Works and Infrastructure was a key theme during Wednesday night's Parliament Budget Vote Debate -- until new minister Patricia de Lille's history with the DA came through in various interruptions and comments.
Efforts must be made to rid the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure of fraud and corruption for the benefit of South Africa, MPs agreed during the department's budget vote in Parliament. This, however, did not stop murmurs and laughter whenever Cape Town, the DA or Western Cape was mentioned.
Patricia de Lille delivered her maiden speech as Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure late on Wednesday night in the National Assembly -- but she couldn't complete her speech as she took too long.
De Lille, the consummate politician, is the only opposition minister occupying a position in President Cyril Ramaphosa's Cabinet. Her party, Good, received 70,408 votes in the national elections, enough for two seats in the National Assembly. In addition, the party has one seat in the Western Cape Provincial Legislature, with De Lille's former colleague in the City of Cape Town, Brett Herron, taking up that seat.
Because of her history with...