Mr Speaker, the election has now been proclaimed and the DA is looking forward with anticipation to 7 May 2014, when the electorate will pass judgment on President Zuma's ANC.
The electorate knows what it will be voting against, but in respect of the ANC it does not yet know who it will be voting for. Each one of us is every day being increasingly approached by apprehensive members of the ANC who do not know whether they will be re-elected, redeployed or dumped entirely.
Moreover, the electorate is being denied the opportunity of passing judgment on the suitability of the candidates selected by the ANC before the list has to be submitted to the IEC on 12 March 2013.
The electorate is effectively being sold a pig in a poke. Is the list not being made public because of the tensions and divisions in the ANC, or is it because of the dubious record of some of the candidates? We appeal to the secretary-general of the ANC to relieve the unhappiness and tension in the ANC ranks and make the full list known. [Applause.] [Interjections.]