July 20, 2024

DA Application To Declare ANC’s Cadre Deployment Unlawful, Unconstitutional Dismissed With Cost

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This judgment comes exactly two days after the ruling party released its cadre deployment records to the official opposition party.

FILE PHOTO: DA leader John Steenhuisen during the Sona debate held at the Cape Town City Hall. PICTURE: Phando Jikelo/ANA

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JOHANNESBURG: Mr Steenhuisen said they will fight the judgment throughout to end ensure this was put to an end.

The High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday, dismissed the Democratic Alliance’s (DA’s) application to declare the African National Congress (ANC’s) cadre deployment as unlawful and unconstitutional.

Judge Aubrey Ledwaba handed down a brief judgment and dismissed the application with costs.

This judgment comes exactly two days after the ruling party released its cadre deployment records to the official opposition party.

The DA wanted the court to rule out the cadre policy, arguing that it led to state capture, and systemic corruption and directly affected service delivery.

Reacting to the judgment, DA leader Mr John Steenhuisen expressed sadness over the ruling and said the court missed out on ensuring the constitution provisions were not violated.

He said the fight against cadre deployment was a fight against corruption.

“Cadre deployment is not a victimless crime. Every time the lights go off and a factory is shut down, is a result of this evil system,” he said outside the court after the ruling.

Mr Steenhuisen urged South Africans to vote out the ANC on May 29 to ensure that the cadre deployment policy was abandoned.

“The silver bullet to end cadre deployment once and for all is months away. We don’t need to wait for a long process and appeals. We can end it with a silver bullet on May 29,” Mr Steenhuisen said.

However, he said they will fight the judgment throughout to end ensure this was put to an end.

“Should the DA be in a position to be in the national government, we will in the first 100 days table in Parliament the cadre deployment bill which will end the this practice once and for all for all political parties in South Africa,” he said.

He said this would ensure that people were appointed on merit and ability to do them and not on the colour or style of the membership card of the party they belonged to.

Furthermore, ANC’s secretary-general Mr Fikile Mbalula, welcomed the court’s ruling and said this was a win for political party autonomy and would ensure that public institutions were packed with relevant people.

“The Pretoria High Court’s ruling on ANC cadre deployment is a win for political party autonomy and ensures that public institutions are staffed by those who align with the ruling party’s policies and goals,” he said on X.

On Monday, the DA confirmed that it received cadre deployment records from the ANC following the Constitutional Court deadline.

The DA threatened to take legal action if the ANC failed to meet the 5 pm deadline, however, ANC national spokesperson Ms Mahlengi Bhengu-Motsiri said they handed over the records to the DA by the close of business.

“In pursuit of a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous society, the ANC will continue implementing its cadre development policy and deployment strategy to ensure that individuals with impressive qualifications, experience and credentials are deployed to build a better life for all South Africans,” Ms Bhengu-Motsiri said at the time.

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