-The leader of the Democratic Alliance, Mmusi Maimane, has said that corrupt politicians belong in prison, not in Parliament.
-Maimane revealed that the DA will call for a 15 year prison sentence for politicians found complicit in corruption.
- The opposition leader said that the issue with the ANC had not been solely Jacob Zuma, but the party itself
The leader of the Democratic Alliance, Mmusi Maimane, claims that the evidence put forward by Angelo Agrizzi at the state capture inquiry reveals the issue had not been with Jacob Zuma, but with the ANC itself.
Maimane explained that the testimony put forward by the former BOSASA COO has revealed the issue had not been with the ex-president specifically, but with the ANC as a ‘corrupt organisation’.
The president of the opposition party says that corrupt politicians should get 15 years in jail for their transgressions. He went on to say that he hopes those implicated at BOSASA face prosecution.
Mmusi Maimane highlighted the importance of keeping these politicians out of Parliament:
"Most seriously‚ we should stop putting these people in parliament. We should rather send them to prison. Our focus must be to the rid the country of corruption and Bosasa is telling us is that to rid the country of corruption is to rid the country of the ANC‚"
Maimane had addressed media as a part of his campaign to increase DA voters in Umlazi, KZN yesterday.
The opposition leader claims that he would have already fired Nomvula Mokonyane, environmental affairs minister, for after she had been implicated in the scandal at BOSASA.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that Angelo Agrizzi had alleged that the minister had received R50 000 monthly payments from the company, as well as countless other benefits such as Christmas groceries.
The minister has naturally denied the allegations against her. The ruling party has since come to her defence, saying it will wait for the inquiry to put forward recommendations before initiating any action against her.
Maimane is not satisfied with this response for the ANC, saying:
"What’s more crucial is that we must never lose track of the already confirmed allegations. The things that we know. We have to ask the question: why has there been no NPA investigation? We have to ask the question: why is Nomvula still a member of cabinet? Why are all these allegations that are surfacing now as if they are new revelations to President Cyril Ramaphosa?"
Maimane gave attendants a sneak preview of what will be in the DA’s manifest:
"The gist of our message is that we want to build South Africa for all. A country where all citizens regardless of the colour of their skin can stand together and work together. We want to build an economy that continues to create jobs so as to give people fair access to work. Our manifesto will speak about how we plan to put a job in every home."
Maimane welcomed the president’s recent decision to sign the Political Party Funding Bill:
"This is important. It's important that we ensure transparency and that the process is handled well. What’s absolutely important is that it’s got to safeguard opposition politics because we’ve known for far too long that the ruling party has ways they use state resources. They use social welfare to be able to campaign."
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