Hon House Chairperson, hon Deputy President, hon Minister and Deputy Ministers, hon members, ladies and gentlemen, the ANC's engagement with any of its policies is an informed and principled one. Unlike some who claim to be democrats, the ANC's approach to matters of policy is not determined by who you meet, kiss and declare your President overnight.
Our policies are aimed at striving for the achievement of the rights of all South Africans as a whole; at gaining political and economic self- determination in a united South Africa; overcoming the legacy of inequality and injustice created by colonialism and apartheid in a swift, progressive and principled way; developing a sustainable economy and state infrastructure that will progressively improve the quality of life of all South Africans; encouraging the flourishing of the feeling that South Africa belongs to all who live in it; promoting a common loyalty to and pride in the country; and to creating a universal sense of freedom and security within its borders.
The above is the context within which the ANC supports the Local Government: Municipal Property Rates Amendment Bill. [Interjections.]