DA in Gauteng

The Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL) is one of the nine provincial legislatures in SA; it is constitutionally mandated to pass legislation, provide a forum for public debate and oversee the activities of the provincial government across the portfolios of Community Safety; Cooperative Governance, Traditional Affairs, Human Settlements; Economic Development; Education; Finance; Health; Infrastructure Development; Roads and Transport; Social Development; Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation.

Following the outcome of the 2014 General Elections, 23 Democratic Alliance (DA) public representatives, called Members of the House or MPLs, were elected to serve in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature and to ensure that the best interests of Gauteng’s citizens are always put first. The GPL has House Sittings throughout the year where MPLs consider Bills placed before them by the provincial executive, debate budgets, statements and speeches by MECs, discuss Committee Oversight Reports, and have the opportunity to present questions to the Premier and MECs. Our MPLs also represent each of the 12 portfolios, as well as represent the DA on various committees, where issues can be debated in more detail than is possible in a full sittings of the House.

DA Gauteng Provincial Legislature Caucus

Left from front: Jack Bloom, Shadow MEC for Health; John Moodey, Caucus Leader; Khume Ramulifho, Shadow MEC for Education; Refiloe Nt’sekhe, Shadow MEC for Education, and DA National Spokesperson. Left from second row: Dr. Neil Campbell, DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Roads and Transport; Justus De Goede, DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Social Development; Mervyn Cirota, Shadow MEC for Human Settlements; Ina Cilliers, DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Agriculture; Adriana Randall, Shadow MEC for Finance; Janet Semple, Shadow MEC for Economic Development; Dr. Heinrich Volmink, DA Gauteng Spokesperson on SCOPA; Mike Moriarty, Chief Whip. Left from back: Fred Nel, Shadow MEC for Roads and Transport; Janho Engelbrecht, DA Gauteng Spokesperson for Infrastructure Development; Alan Fuchs, Shadow MEC for Infrastructure Development; Kingsol Chabalala, shadow MEC on Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation; Graham Gersbach, DA Gauteng Spokesperson on SCOPA; Lebo More, Shadow MEC on Petitions; Makashule Gana, DA Gauteng Spokesperson on CoGTA (absent: Paul Willemburg, DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation and Michele Clarke, DA Gauteng Spokesperson on

Our dream for every resident of Gauteng, regardless of their political affiliation, is of an open opportunity society in which every person is free, secure and equal, where everyone has the opportunity to improve the quality of his or her life and pursue their dreams, and in which every language and culture has equal respect and recognition. This is the dream we will deliver, through our work in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature – the South African dream of one nation, with one future, living together under the constitution in peace, security and prosperity, with opportunity and recognition for all the rainbow people.

The work we do in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature is broadly comprised of the following:

  • Motions

A motion is presented to the Gauteng Provincial Legislature by a Member with the aim of creating awareness around an issue which is affecting the residents of the Gauteng Province. Examples of Motions tabled by DA MPLs include one on Farm Attacks which called for the re-introduction of specialised rural crime units, and one which called for the provision of washable sanitary towels to women and girls in the province.

  • Member’s Statements

A Member’s Statement is a short, two-minute speech made by a Member of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, to the House, on a topic requiring attention. Topics of Member Statements presented by DA MPLs include taxi rapes and the GuptaLeaks.

  • Member’s Speeches

A speech is delivered in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature by the Premier, MEC’s and Members. Speeches are usually given during debates on motions, and the presentations of budgets and annual reports.

Where we govern within the Province, such as Tshwane, the City of Johannesburg and Midvaal, as well as other municipalities throughout the country, we have created more economic opportunities, accelerated service delivery and cut crime. We are helping to improve people’s lives. The DA will continue to build on its successes in Gauteng, and we look forward to the day when – as the party of government nationally – we can realise our vision of an open opportunity society for all.