Pietermaritzburg – DA leader Mmusi Maimane has lashed out at the African National Congress and President Jacob Zuma, saying under Zuma’s leadership South Africa has experienced a massive decline in living standards.
Maimane was speaking at the Eastwood Hall in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday as he concluded a three-legged schedule which began in KwaMashu Township, Durban, moved to Howick in the Midlands before concluding in Pietermaritzburg.
“What we see is that Zuma has managed to build a massive house for himself, where his cattle enjoy a better life when compared to many people in this country, and this is not the dream we had for South Africa under President Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki,” said Maimane.
He accused the ANC under Zuma of failing in many areas, including education, crime, corruption and unemployment as one the biggest challenges facing the country.
“In Soweto we have a problem of nyaope and in KZN it is woonga and this is killing our youth because the education they are getting makes them unemployable and because they have nothing, they seek comfort on drugs,” said Maimane.
He said the party would continue advocating for a youth wage subsidy because it provides a chance to the country’s youth at the time when unemployment is high.
He expressed confidence at the Democratic Alliance’s prospects in the 2016 local government, saying the ANC was already running scared.
“Here in KZN they cannot even hold a congress in eThekwini. They know that we have Nelson Mandela Bay (Eastern Cape) and that is why they sent Danny Jordaan there. They know that we have Tshwane within reach and they do not know who to send,” Maimane said to applause.
He pleaded with supporters to ensure that the party’s dream of ensuring that the country’s strategic points are under the DA is realised, which included former president Nelson Mandela’s birthplace, the Union Buildings and Parliament.