He said the 2019 election has to be a “referendum on the ANC”.
“Not an expression of hope for a better version of the ANC, but a referendum on the party’s achievements and failures during its time in office, and particularly its performance over the past term. Anything less would be a dereliction of our duty in our hard-won democracy.”
He said the ANC had brought the country to the edge of the cliff. “They have given us the single biggest threat to our economy: Eskom, with its massive debt of R400bn and counting. They have given us almost 10-million unemployed South Africans. They have given us systemic corruption that will take years, if not decades, to eradicate from the state,” Maimane said.
“The ANC is a broken bus — dangerous and unroadworthy — hurtling down the road with all of us on board. What they now have in Cyril Ramaphosa is just another driver of the same doomed bus.”
He said the DA blueprint would provide the policy certainty currently lacking in the ANC government. “This will include guaranteeing private property rights and guaranteeing the independence of the Reserve Bank. Compare this with the constant contradictions from the ANC on crucial issues like land expropriation, the Reserve Bank and prescribed assets. No investor can make decisions in such a climate,” he said.
“We will make job creation the core focus of everything we do and we will offer special incentives to investors who meet a minimum jobs threshold…. Our full manifesto