Kopane is DA’s FS premier candidate

Newly announced Free State Premier candidate, Patricia Kopane, walks with DA leader, Mmusi Maimane, through derelict heritage site, Ramkraal Prison. PHOTO: NOMAQHAWE MTEBELE

Democratic Alliance President, Mmusi Maimane, announced member Patricia Kopane as Free State Premier candidate for the 2019 elections. The announcement was made during a visit to Ramkraal Prison on Tuesday.

Maimane described Kopane, the Free State leader of the DA, as a politician who held the best interests of the public instead of her own. “She will be a champion and fighter for the 40% of South Africans who are unemployed in this province and she ultimately does not want this province to be defined as a failed province,” Maimane said.

Kopane will campaign during the upcoming 2019 elections for a spot as premier of the province, a position currently held by ANC’s Sisi Ntombela. Kopane mentioned unemployment, local business and safety as key points of her campaign.

She emphasised that although there are good police officials who protect and serve their communities, more needs to be done to protect South Africans. “We want to make sure that there are enough resources and people are trained to do their jobs at our border between South Africa and Lesotho, so that Free State people are protected at all times.

One of the things that I will be doing is to make sure that we create fair access to real and long-term jobs for the people of the Free State,” said Kopane. She boasted that the party had created 273 000 new jobs in areas where they hold majority votes.

The DA head stated that instances of corruption and mishandling of public funds were rife in the province since it is more exposed to allegedly unscrupulous politicians in power. “The reality of it is that in ANC provinces that is the practice. So when you say it is more or less captured, you cannot measure that. You have got to say state capture happens everywhere, people brazenly steal money. The Free State brazenly stole money, North West, and Mpumalanga,” explained Maimane.

“I think because Ace was arrogant. He displays that and he was not ashamed to come out and show, but what Ace has stolen, is a fraction compared to what others have stolen,” he continued. – Nomaqhawe Mtebele