- The Democratic Alliance rallied their supporters in a march to Anderson Street in the city centre yesterday
- The march ended with the unveiling of a billboard declaring that the 'ANC is killing us', in honour of the victims of the Marikana and Life Esidimeni tragedies as well as children who had died in pit toilets
- The ANC has condemned the action, saying it has improved the lives of the majority of people in SA
Joburg was painted blue yesterday, with the Democratic Alliance marching to Anderson Road in the inner city.
At the end of the march the opposition party revealed a billboard in memory of the victims of Marikana, Life Esidimeni as well as for the children who have died in pit toilets.
The party alleged that the African National Congress was the cause of these tragic events, proclaiming that the 'ANC is killing us'.
The opposition party was out in full force with leader Mmusi Maimane, Chief Whip John Steenhuisen, Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga and Phumzile van Damme in attendance.
The march led to the billboard, where Maimane addressed supporters, likening Marikana to the events that took place in Sharpville in 1960.
"There is a South Africa where some of our people go to work. It was a number of years ago. They decided that they are not earning enough so they took to the streets, which is their right, and the ANC said, we will meet them with concomitant action,"
Maimane condemned the fact that no one had been held accountable for Marikana of the Life Esidimeni tragedy, saying that the later had not been a natural disaster but an 'ANC disaster'.
"Let us be honest and say, the ANC is killing us. And today the 'us' is the 144 who died in Life Esidimeni,"
Chief Whip John Steenhuisen maintained that the DA was serious about crime, believing the people of the nation should be protected:
"It's time to make the criminals uncomfortable in our communities, and not our community members uncomfortable. We can bring that change,"
Mayor Solly Msimanga condemned the actions of the ANC when it came to dealing with the tragic events that brought the rally to the streets of Joburg:
"Those [who] were responsible for Life Esidimeni are going back to Parliament. Those [who] were responsible for Marikana are awarded with positions. Those [who] allowed the Guptas to loot the state are allowed to continue enjoying the perks paid by South African tax money. That’s how South Africa is being killed."
The ANC has naturally not taken kindly to the opposition party's stance, saying it has noted the comments made. Zizi Kodwa, acting ANC spokesperson, released a statement saying:
"The ANC is concerned that the conduct of the DA flies in the face of the Electoral Code of Conduct as it is nothing short of spreading deliberate lies about the ANC. The ANC will take up the matter in the appropriate forums provided for in the country’s electoral laws.The antics of the DA expose the bankruptcy of their politics and the levels of desperation they have descended to. This is a party whose politics have become toxic who believe that fear mongering and spreading lies will frighten voters to support them at the upcoming elections."
Kodwa maintained that the ANC administration has improved the lives of the majority of South Africans:
"The ANC recently unveiled its manifesto outlining its plans to take South Africa forward and build a cohesive society, where all its citizens not only meaningfully contribute to its growth, but equally benefit from the opportunities brought about by our democracy,"
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