Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane said on Tuesday that whatever President Zuma pays back as part of the money spent on improvements to his private homestead in Nkandla will not be worth what South Africans have already paid and sacrificed since he became president.
Mmusi Maime spoke from the depth of his heart in Parliament during the debate on the president’s state of the nation address. He bared his mind and made Zuma feel the pressure of physically being in the dock which he avoided during the Nkandla case.
“You were on trial for subverting our Constitution‚ corrupting our Parliament‚ undermining the office of the Public Protector and violating your own oath of office.
“After all those years of stalling‚ lying‚ ducking and diving‚ it took the Court just hours to unravel your web of defiance and deceit‚” Maimane asserted.
“Through a string of extraordinary concessions in court‚ your legal team effectively relegated your caucus to its current position: under the proverbial bus‚” he added.
Before that bench of esteemed judges, there was simply nowhere to hide‚ Maimane said.
“Now that you have been exposed in the nation’s highest court‚ it remains to be determined how much you will pay.
“But here’s the thing: whatever the amount‚ it will be nothing compared to what the people of this country have already paid for your presidency‚” the DA leader added.
Mmusi Maimane pointed out that South Africa needs a President and a leader who will be able to serve all of its people and unite all races.
“We need a President with a vision‚ and the power to unite people – black and white – in striving for this vision. Because we are better together. We prosper together. “We need a President who is an example to his government‚ and to the nation.
“We need a President who is in touch with the people.
“We need a President who puts the people first‚ and himself last. “You‚ sir‚ are not that President‚” Maimane asserted.
It was Zuma’s actions towards the public protector’s report on upgrades to his Nkandla homestead thatformed the subject of Constitutional Court proceedings brought against him and others by the DA this week.