Despite elections only being two weeks away, voters are left with questions about who they will truly be electing. Mmusi Maimane has made this much clear, criticising the ANC for failing to announce their premier candidates.
Democratic Alliance leader, Mmusi Maimane, wants the ANC to announce their premier candidates, especially in light of the fast-approaching elections.
Maimane has accused the ruling party of having something to hide, calling for the ANC to come clean:
“Clearly by hiding and waiting for after the election‚ [the ANC has] something to hide. We’ve had the courage to put premier candidates forward. We don’t believe citizens should just blindly follow a party‚ we don’t believe citizens should just blindly go cast their vote.”
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Sunday World reports that the DA leader had spoken with eight of his party's premier candidates beside him, where they signed a 'Jobs Pledge'. Maimane had praised the 'diverse' bunch as experienced and qualified for the task at hand.
Maimane had highlighted what he feels the true issue is for the ANC, claiming that the party did not value 'competence' but rather that those elected into office had to win a 'popularity contest'.
Alan Winde, Western Cape premier hopeful, had reiterated Maimane's sentiments, lambasting the ruling party for failing to inform voters on provincial candidates:
“The photograph of Cyril Ramaphosa is up on the posters, [But] Cyril Ramaphosa is not going to be the person that gets elected into this provincial parliament.”
While his premier candidates pledged to improve access to internet, expanding internship programs and improving rail services, Maimane challenged the ruling party:
“Come clean and name your candidates for premier for each of the provinces. If you’re not ashamed of them‚ and if you don’t intend to sneak in crooks through the back door‚ make their names public.”
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