The Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane is resolute and confident that the party would deliver should they be voted into power in the next general election.
Maimane who slammed President Zuma, boasted that “the time is coming soon when they will sweep you [Zuma] and your cronies out of office, and vote in a new government. A government committed to building a fair society, where every child has a chance to be the best they can be.”
He defiantly patted himself on the back saying, “and when we deliver our inaugural State of the Nation Address, it will sound very different to yours, President Zuma,”
Business Tech reports that Maimane, who drew clear differences between ANC’s led administration and DA’s prospective plans for South Africans said, should the DA win the election, the party would do the following:
- Cut the size of the current bloated cabinet in half, saving R4.7 billion;
- Privatize failing state-owned enterprises, beginning with SAA and Eskom ‘who guzzle billions of rands every year;
- Make South Africa a nation of entrepreneurs by cutting red tape and providing more support and training for small businesses;
- Improve Black Economic Empowerment so that it rewards companies that invest in their workers and create jobs;
- Turn Basic Education around by giving teachers the support and training they need;
- Increase NSFAS funding for poor students so that no qualifying student is denied further education because they cannot afford it;
- Make communities safer by putting 250,000 properly trained police officers on the streets;
- Fight gangsterism and drugs by re-instating the Narcotics Bureau and building more rehabilitation centres;
- Save R30 billion per year by cutting corruption and firing corrupt officials;
- Invest at least 10% of GDP in the infrastructure vital for economic growth;
- Dedicate an additional R10 billion to speed up land reform, provide training and support for emerging farmers, and roll out farm equity schemes that give workers ownership of the land they work on;
- Accelerate the issuing of title deeds to give people assets and redress past land ownership;
- Declare the drought a national disaster so that we can urgently protect food security.
“This is how we will build a safe, prosperous and inclusive South Africa, and prepare our country for a changing world,” Maimane said.
The leader also expressed happiness with the level of achievements the party has made in Western Cape. According to him, Western Cape is DA’s bastion and “It is a place where the DA government cut the perks and privileges of politicians. Where the cost of ministerial vehicles was slashed in half, where blue light brigades were banned and economy class flights are the norm.”
“It is a place where over two-thirds of the City of Cape Town’s budget is spent in poor communities, and where the poor receive the most generous package of free water and electricity in the entire country.”
“It is a place where getting the basics right pays dividends. Where the matric pass rate improved last year to 84.7% – the highest in South Africa – while the pass rates in every other province declined.”
“It is a place where the pass rate in schools in the most impoverished areas increased from 57% under the ANC to 73% under the DA,” he said.
To Maimane, Western Cape “is one part of our country moving in the right direction. It is a place where the life of each and every citizen matters.”