- Maimane said the ANC was at risk of going down the same road as ZANU-PF
- He compared Cyril Ramaphosa to Emmerson Mnangagwa as a leader who promised to fix his party but failed to deliver
- Maimane also slammed the ANC's manifesto, saying it would not be able to create enough jobs to re-energise the economy
Mmusi Maimane says Zimbabwe should serve as a warning for South Africans.
Speaking at the Cape Town Press Club, the opposition leader compared Ramaphosa to new ZANU-PF leader Emmerson Mnangagwa. He said Mnangagwa, like Ramaphosa, was viewed as a saviour who could rehabilitate a liberation movement that had lost its way.
However, Mnangagwa has failed to deliver on those promises. Zimbabwe is currently in the grip of its worst economic problems in years and has been hit by heavy protests after a major increase in fuel prices.
Maimane also criticized the ANC, like ZANU-PF, for focusing on charismatic leaders rather than competent government systems.
"Having destroyed the systems and the institutions that make up a government, they will ask you to put your hope and your trust in individual leaders, personalities whom they will try to elevate to icons," Maimane said.
Maimane also claimed that the ANC was trapped in a liberation mindset rather than a mindset of governance. He added that its proposed economic policies will not be able to create the number of jobs needed to solve South Africa's economic woes.
In his view, many of the country's major problems - inequality, crime, social tensions - were directly due to this high unemployment.
"As we grapple with our own path forward, we could also do well to reflect on the situation in Zimbabwe right now," the opposition leader said. "That's not how a capable state is built. If you want a better government, then you have to choose a better government. I believe the DA is that government."
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