Helen Zille's SOPA swansong

CAPE TOWN - Outgoing Western Cape premier Helen Zille has spent a decade at the helm of the Western Cape government and has delivered 11 State of the Province Addresses.

She's used her swansong to highlight the successes of her term.

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Among them, a 24.8 percent growth in employment and more than 80 percent of the Western Cape's budget being spent on service delivery.

ANC councillors walked out during her speech, with the party delivering an alternative Sopa outside.

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The ANC Western Cape Head of Elections, Ebrahim Rasool said, "I really think that the eloquent, real, State of the Province was described not by the whitewash inside the legislature but by the real experiences of people outside."

Fowzia Achmat, a Bo-Kaap resident, said, "we seem to have been ignored all the time so I think today is a great opportunity for us to support for whoever is here and I think what is important is for our people in the Western Cape to understand that the DA is not going to give us what we want."

Achmat and others are part of what the ANC calls "The People's SOPA".

With election fever in full swing, it's Western Cape voters who'll have to decide with whom to stand.

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eNCA