Alderman JP Smith sets the record straight regarding DA Federal Congress

Mayco member for Safety and Security at City of Cape Town, Alderman JP Smith has responded to some of the comments made about the DA's recent Federal Congress.

Smith says claims of infighting within the party are not true.

He says the fact that every detail of the congress was covered by the media is evidence that the DA is not good at keeping secrets.

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To have a debate, in full plenary, with about 2 200 people without it getting acrimonious or ugly is quite an extraordinary outcome. It was very uplifting to see that many people debate a matter and still remain united.

JP Smith, Mayco Member for Safety and Security

It shows that we had a very strong central understanding and respect for the core values and people understood what those core values were.

JP Smith, Mayco Member for Safety and Security

If people are saying there are concerned about the infighting, that's not a bad thing. It shows that we have a strong culture of democracy and principled actions and that's very much alive and well in the DA that there is a culture of revulsion against corruption which is strong and it prompts people to speak out. This is good for the people who live in DA run cities.

JP Smith, Mayco Member for Safety and Security

Smith says the robust debates differentiate the party from the ANC where fear of the leader keeps members quiet even when the leader is in the wrong.

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There's a strong culture of not being acquiescent to leaders when they do wrong and that's a contrast to the ANC where fear of the leader kept people quiet when a major governance crisis presented itself. I suspect they will again keep quiet when the next crisis present itself.

JP Smith, Mayco Member for Safety and Security

The culture of opposition and free speech isn't there [in the ANC]

JP Smith, Mayco Member for Safety and Security

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