Politics took a strange turn today as the Democratic Alliance held their own State of the Nation Address. Far removed from the glamour of tomorrows function, Mmusi Maimane addressed a small crowd and gave the nation his version, president or not.
The Democratic Alliance is no friend of the ANC, this much can be expected between a ruling party and their opposition.
However, it appears that the DA has taken their game to a whole new, and very strange, level.
The day before President Cyril Ramaphosa hosts his State of the Nation Address, Mmusi Maimane decided to hold his own.
It's not clear whether this was intended to give SA a sample of what Maimane would be like if he was president or just a clever marketing campaign to get exposure for the party ahead of the actual SONA.
Either way, it was nothing people haven't heard before. Maimane cited the following as his diagnosis:
"Four out of 10 South Africans cannot find work; Highest youth unemployment in the world; Highest level of inequality in the world; Half of our people live below the poverty line."
Naturally, the biggest stick had been reserved for the ruling party, with Maimane saying:
"The ANC is a broken bus – dangerous and unroadworthy – hurtling down the road with all of us on board. What they now have in Cyril Ramaphosa is just another driver of the same doomed bus."
Briefly.co.za gathered that Maimane had felt the ANC's time had come and gone in 1994 when the liberation of South Africa had been completed:
"I believe in a dream. I believe in a South Africa and a nation of the post liberation movement era. Liberation movements never make good governments."
One can't help but wonder if this was the political equivalent of hosting a party on the same weekend as your enemy, in the hopes of killing their buzz.
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