Mr Speaker, the DA calls on the ANC Secretary General to release the lists of the election candidates ... [Interjections.] ... and specifically the list of ANC premier candidates. With only 62 days to go before the election we still don't know who the ANC is asking South Africa to vote for. The apprehension amongst members of the ANC here in Parliament is clear as no one knows their fate.
The question we all have to ask is why is the ANC dragging its feet? [Interjections.] Is the reason for the delay perhaps internal party divisions or is it pure embarrassment at the calibre of its candidates?
Can South Africa expect another Free State Premier who will spend R342 million of taxpayers' money on a website or another Northern Cape Premier who will spend R50 000 on Kentucky Fried Chicken? Perhaps the ANC will choose premier candidates who will take after their leader and build palaces for themselves using taxpayers' money.
The ANC is denying the electorate the opportunity of passing judgement on the suitability of its candidates. The high calibre of DA premier candidates is very clear. What is the ANC hiding? [Applause.]