Mr Speaker, firstly, let us congratulate the DA on both victories. We are not like them - they always resent the fact that we are in the majority in this House, and they don't want to congratulate us! We are in charge of the country - we must thank them.
Secondly, the ANC is building a national democratic society in this country. In any social reconstruction there are setbacks. The ANC is under no illusions in that regard. As in any war, you win some battles and you lose some battles, but we are on course to win the war against the legacy of centuries of colonial rule and apartheid. That is the prize. We are not going to be deterred by losing a battle here and there. We are focused on winning the war, and that we are certain we will do. [Applause.]
Lastly, with regard to Marikana, which keeps coming up, the President has been very clear that we regret all that happened there. However, let me remind you of one thing. When Janusz Walus and Clive Derby-Lewis killed our hero, Chris Hani, our stalwart Walter Sisulu said that the ANC had seen many crises before and had overcome them, and they would even overcome that one. That is what he said, and I repeat today that this is a crisis we regret, but even this we will overcome. Thank you. [Applause.]