ANC has voted to protect Zuma for the eighth time, choosing corruption and state capture over the future, it’s time for a post-ANC coalition-led government, says the leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) party.
Mmusi Maimane said the result of the failed Motion of No Confidence “is closer than anyone expected.” It revealed that the ruling party is divided against itself.
“Jacob Zuma … survived but he has nothing to celebrate … He is mortally wounded, and his party is in tatters. (The) result despite the slender victory signals the death of the ANC,” remarked Maimane.
He acknowledged the ANC member who voted against Zuma as brave. They voted to defend South Africa’s democracy and the ANC is no longer their political home, Maimane expressed as he invited the ANC members to join the new movement.
“It’s time for a new beginning that will bring total change in South Africa. (The) result is not a cause for despair. It should serve as motivation to South Africans to organise, get involved and help build a new government in 2019. That is the only way we can achieve the new beginning we need,” he said.
Maimane also argued that the Motion of No Confidence illustrated what South Africans already know:
“The ANC cannot self-correct. The ANC still supports Zuma, because he is not an anomaly within the ANC, he is the norm. Jacob Zuma is the manifestation of what the ANC has become – a toxic mix of corruption, cronyism and nepotism
“The only way to stop the decay and get our country moving forward again is to remove the ANC.
Despite some ANC members of Parliament speaking out before the Motion today, the party machinery made it abundantly clear that in their organisation there is a complete disregard for what is right – it is about putting Luthuli House above the Constitution.”
Call For Post-ANC Coalition-led Government
Having said that, Maimane specified that it’s unnecessary for Zuma to celebrate the outcome of the No Confidence vote.
“He still has 783 charges of fraud, corruption and racketeering to answer for and we will see him in the Supreme Court of Appeal on the 14th and 15th of September to argue that both of his appeals should be dismissed.
“As proud South Africans, we must remain hopeful. This is not the end for our young democracy – it’s simply the end of the ANC. South Africa is now truly on the cusp of a new beginning. And our new beginning lies in a post-ANC South Africa.
“Come 2019, all South Africans have the constitutional right to change the status quo and usher in a new beginning – a post-ANC coalition-led government that puts the people and their interests first,” added the DA leader.
Above all, he promised that the DA will continue to work towards building a united, democratic and non-racial South Africa.