13/11/2013 – ACDP wishes colleagues in National Parliament well over Christmas period

ACDP Parliament
Speech by Wayne Thring, MP, ACDP Parliamentary Leader
Parliament Farewell Speech

ACDP wishes colleagues in National Parliament well over Christmas period

“Honourable Speaker,

In the short time that I have been here, I have had to face the proverbial ‘sink or swim’ scenario. There was no time for orientation and so ‘swim’ it was.

I am thankful to the President of the ACDP, Rev. Dr. Kenneth Meshoe and our leadership, for the confidence shown in my placement at National Parliament and am grateful for the friends that I have made across political lines, and in particular those in the Economic Development Department and Trade and Industry Portfolio Committees.

The ACDP is cognisant of the great potential our nation has, having on many occasions proved the doomsayers wrong, such as when we faced our first democratic elections in 1994 when many of the right wing fundamentalist said ‘die swartes kan nie regeer nie’ and again in 2010 when they said we could not host the World Cup. Well, that is history, and we have to a large extent proven the doomsayers wrong. The Goldman Sachs report, agree or disagree, puts forward some truism that others may not want to hear.

The ACDP does have some concerns, which if not addressed, has the potential to derail the great strides we have made over the past 19.5 years.

Service delivery protests are on the increase.

Our crime stats cannot be trusted.
We are the most unequal nation on earth, with a Gini coefficient of 0.7.
Unemployment at just under 25% is still too high, and in addition,
we are sitting on a moral knife edge: babies are raped, mutilated and killed. Grandmothers are raped, beaten and left for dead.
One in three women, in their lifetime, will be raped in SA, or 3 600 every day.

Is it because we have failed to recognize the sanctity of life, even while still in the mothers womb, and pornography the theory but rape the practice?

George Carlin said, “The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways but narrower viewpoints. We spend more but have less, we buy more but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge but less judgement, more experts yet more problems, more medicine but less wellness.”

On behalf of all in the ACDP, we wish our colleagues in National Parliament well over the Christmas period as we remember the prophesy come true, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isa9:6.”

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