The DA launched its manifesto on 23 February. Mmusi Maimane was spirited when he addressed his party's supporters and addressed many of the issues South Africa faces - from corruption to unemployment.
The Democratic Alliance launched its manifesto at Rand Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday, 23 February.
Mmusi Maimane made many promises to South Africans about change, and how it would not take another 25 years to achieve.
He touched on many subjects, and Briefly.co.za gathered the information in a brief list, for your convenience.
Here are the top 5 main points of the DA's manifesto launch:
Maimane made it clear that the DA has plans for the police. He wants to push for better training to ensure a higher level of law enforcement professionals. Maimane said he will make sure the right people get the top positions and also give every province more control over their own police force.
The DA leader also added that they would give better protection to those who live on isolated land and proposed a rural safety unit to help with farm attacks and crimes that are similar.
Our police service will be a well-trained, properly equipped and highly motivated crime-fighting unit. Only the best professionals will lead it and the days of deployed cadres filling top positions will be gone for good.
2. Corruption and Eskom
Maimane addressed the Eskom crisis without actually naming the power utility. He said the DA will work towards independent power procedures, thus taking away the monopoly of energy supply from Eskom.
He also said that SOE's that don't work will be sold off and corruption will be eradicated, as reported on by The South African.
In the South Africa I want to build, we will be energy-secure and sustainable thanks to our advances in renewable energy and our welcoming of independent power producers. If we sell off the SOE’s that don’t work and if we can eradicate corruption, then we can build the country of our dreams.
Maimane wants an independent anti-corruption unit.
I want to create a new, independent and fully-resourced Anti-Corruption Unit, staffed by both specialist prosecutors and investigators. Tenders will be awarded out in the open, and no politician will do business with the State. Zero tolerance is the only way.
3. Unemployment and SA's economy
Maimane promised one job in every home. He laid out his plans about restarting the economy.
He said that the DA would focus on 3 areas to do this: tourism, agriculture and manufacturing.
The DA leader also said he wants to introduce a National Civilian Service scheme to give the youth work that will help them build their CVs.
We will rebuild our economy by maximising the sectors that are key to job creation – sectors like Manufacturing, Agriculture and Tourism. We will then pass the Jobs Act which will offer tax incentives for people to come and open businesses that create jobs.
We’ll also introduce a year of voluntary National Civilian Service which will create a bridge between school and the world of work, providing youth with work experience.
4. The land issue
It was expected that Maimane talk about this hot topic. He criticised the government's plan of state-owned land expropriation and said South Africans should own title deeds instead.
Maimane said the party will continue to fight against the amendment of the Constitution.
I’m not interested in a system where people must live at the mercy of the State on land owned by the State. That’s not freedom.
I want people to own their land and to own their homes because property ownership is everything.
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