Maimane takes chance to pile pressure on ANC over benefits to loyalists

Maimane takes chance to pile pressure on ANC over benefits to loyalists

- DA leader accuses ANC of excluding South Africans from opportunities by the party only looking after ANC loyalists

- Maimane is seeking to make some head-way after a damaging year for him and his party due to internal and external tensions on De Lille and BBBEE

- The EFF is a collaborator in the ANC's plans to expropriate land without compensation, Miamane claims

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After a tumultuous few months, Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane is seeking to gain some momentum in the build-up to next year’s elections. In recent days, Maimane has managed to land a rare blow on the president. This follows the ANC leader’s reversal of his position on half-a-million rand payment to his campaign in 2017 to be elected leader of the ANC. Seeking to capitalise on some favourable winds generated by Ramapohsa’s public and damaging about-turn, Maimane sought to up pressure on the ANC and its leader on Sunday.

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While campaigning in Ekurhuleni, Maimane accused the ANC of ensuring benefit to persons closely affiliated with the ANC at the expense of South Africans suffering under poor governance. “South Africa is engulfed in a system of corruption that locks South Africans out,” EWN quoted Maimane as saying on Sunday. In an early indication of where the Democratic Alliance will in all probability seek to fight the coming elections, Maimane also attributed South Africa’s unemployment rate of above twenty-seven percent to ANC mismanagement and improper expenditure. “The politically connected benefit and the rest of the country is left alone – that’s why ten million people are unemployed,” the DA leader said.

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The past year has been a difficult one for the DA and its leader. The party managed to embroil itself in heated internal debates on matters of affirmative action and BBBEE – a policy the party claims has largely only benefited the governing ANC. Criticism has also been directed at Maimane’s leadership and the party’s general management of the allegations against former Cape Town mayor, Patricia de Lille. De Lille’s launch of a new political party on Sunday was welcomed by the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters, Julius Malema. “When you eat the DA vote, you make the EFF the official opposition,” Malema was quoted as saying by eNCA.

Anticipating an electoral challenge from the EFF, especially in collaboration with De Lille’s new party, For Good, in the DA’s heartlands of the Western Cape, Maimane also took aim at the EFF. He accused the party of being an ANC collaborator in seeking to implement the expropriation of land without compensation. iAfrica further reported that Maimane accused the ANC of having a “modus operandi” of corrupt benefits going to ANC members and loyalists. Ramaphosa’s admission that he made an incorrect statement in the National Assembly regarding the five-hundred-thousand rand payment from Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson, suspects, gives Maimane an opportunity to perhaps gain some traction against an ANC president significantly more popular than his predecessor.

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