South Africa: DA Talks Up Its Oversight in Western Cape

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The Western Cape Provincial Parliament is doing well, according to Mireille Wenger, Democratic Alliance chief whip. But the official opposition does not seem to think so.

Where the DA governs, it governs well - including its provincial parliaments. This was the key theme when the party held a review of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament on Thursday.

Mireille Wenger, the party's chief whip, called the briefing to discuss the progress of the provincial legislature, six months after the national and provincial elections. Wenger told journalists:

"The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape will ensure that it uses all opportunities in its constitutional mandate of oversight optimally to ensure that every public service matter is dealt with effectively and efficiently."

The party held on to the Western Cape after the elections, having governed the province under former premier Helen Zille for 10 years, between 2009 and 2019. Alan Winde is now at the helm, with the DA in its third consecutive term in government in the province. Wenger described the provincial parliament as "hard at work exercising its oversight role over the provincial government".

In addition to the 15 parliamentary sittings, three special debates and four general debates in the provincial...

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