Mmusi Maimane, the leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) party accused President Jacob Zuma of stealing Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) policies while he was making a speech at the first day of the SONA debate in Parliament.
Maimane argued that the ANC only cares about power and getting rich. He declared that the present government is murderous and asserted that the ANC has stopped caring about ordinary South Africans.
“From the Marikana 34 to the Esidemeni 94, this government has turned against the people of this country,” he said.
Among other things, the DA leader referred to President Zuma’s talks about land expropriation, a state-owned mining house and the restructuring of the banking sector.
With that, he said:
“Mr President, are you really so afraid of the EFF that you need to steal their policies? You must know that these policies will lead us down the same failed path as Zimbabwe and Venezuela.
The fact is that your plans have been tried, tested and failed wherever they have been implemented. When you only look backwards, that is where you will end up. And South Africa cannot go back to the past.”
Thereafter, he remarked that the country must look towards the future. According to him, young South Africans want a future they have a say in.
“They don’t want to be dependent on the state in a shrinking economy, they want to be independent, with opportunities they can use to be truly free.
“The South Africa we are building will put these young people first,” proclaimed Maimane.
Based on that, he divulged that the DA has started mapping out a Rescue Plan for the future.
The Rescue Plan, he said, will see the DA build a lean, efficient state tasked with creating opportunities for people, instead of the bloated, corrupt state that is dragging the country backwards.
Also, it will help the DA harness the energy and passion of thousands of committed teachers and principals that will lead the charge in turning SA schools around and shield SA children from SADTU’s destructive influence.
Maimane further promised thus:
“We will approach growth and job creation not as a government problem with a government solution, but as a partnership with businesses large and small.
“We will start a Jobs & Justice fund, like Singapore and Colombia have done with much success, to give entrepreneurs access to the capital they need to start and grow businesses.”
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Noting that the DA inherited metros saddled with widespread corruption and bloated administrations, the DA leader promised that they will turn the cities around and make them work for all.