People were under the impression that when Jacob Zuma was banished from his role as president, that Mmusi Maimane would soften up with his numerous rallies against the ANC leadership.
This was not to be. In the National Assembly on Wednesday, the DA leader, somewhat anguished after the Patricia de Lille sage, came out fighting.
The new presidency of Cyril Ramaphose has revived lively scenes at Parliament. The head of state, just two weeks ago, told Whip John Steenhuisen, of the DA, to “shut up”. This was following a brief debate Briefly.co.za gathered.
Two weeks later and we witness Maimane deliver a powerful post-Zuma presentation.
With antics earlier on in the day by the EFF, Maimane might have felt a little overpowered, but listing objectives for SA to work towards, his speech was nothing less than powerful.
Maimane’s treasure map to the sucess of South Africa:
• Make this a nation where people no longer feel threatened by criminals in their homes, their streets, and their schools.
• Rebuild the police service into one that can protect our communities and make our neighbourhoods safe again.
• Introduce rural safety units.
• Give the military greater powers to properly protect and secure borders.
• Return accountability in teaching and attract talent and passion to this crucial job.
• Commit to meaningful land reform with full title deeds for people.
• Reconfirm that there is one law for all our citizens, no matter how rich or politically connected.
Maimane’s speech included comments on the ANC’s discourse. He indicated that the party was relying too much on the past achievements from the 20th century and still living in that era.
“We are victims of a failing liberation movement that has no choice but to cling to the past, because it has no credible plan for the future.”
“Every big conversation we have today is about what brought us here, and not about where we’re going. Every big solution offered is about re-dividing what’s already there, and not about creating more for all.”
“I don’t believe this for one second. I believe it is entirely possible for us to build an inclusive society and an inclusive economy without creating enemies. But we can only do this together.”
Upon completing his speech, Maimane received a justified round of applause, and this not only coming from fellow DA members!
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