CAPE TOWN - The outgoing Western Cape Premier Helen Zille’s last state of the province address (Sopa) on Friday met with bitter opposition from the ANC, making for dramatic scenes in and outside of the provincial legislature.
In the hours before the speech, in which Zille set out the provincial government's work over the past decade, ANC supporters gathered outside the building in large numbers.
This was later followed by a staged walk-out by ANC members while Zille was delivering the address, an act described by the DA Chief Whip in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament, Mark Wiley, as one of political delinquency.
“The staged walk-out of Premier Helen Zille’s state of the province address by Western Cape ANC members today is an act of calculated political delinquency which flouted democratic processes and is a slap in the face to the majority of the voters in this province who have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a DA-led government for over a decade," Wiley said.
ANC members, led by the party's acting provincial chairman Khaya Magaxa, first disrupted Zille's address then walked out during the first half to join the the protest taking place outside the legislature.