- Mmusi Maimane has shed some light on why he has opted to form a movement and not a political party
- In a clip launched under the banner of One South Africa Movement, Maimane explained his goal for the nation
- Moving away from 'self-interested' politics, Maimane called on citizens to join his effort to bring about change
Mmusi Maimane seems set to put politics behind him and move forward under the banner of One South Africa Movement.
Taking to social media, Maimane promised more details would be on the way but highlighted OSA as an activist movement:
"More details will follow in the coming days but understand this. We are creating an activist movement. The key is activism. This is not about sitting around debating and chasing votes. This is about getting citizens involved in directly changing their local communities."
Maimane explained that movements were becoming a global trend and he was eager to join it:
"Many people have been asking what distinguishes a party and a movement. Firstly, I think it's important to realise that all over the world more movements are starting. In fact, movements are a way to be able to mobilise all of society together around a common goal.
"They remind each one of us of a deep sense of activism, they incorporate all of us to say 'We don't have to agree on everything, but we can agree on a number of values'."
Briefly.co.za gathered that Maimane has explained some of the values in the meantime, commenting that:
"Values of an inclusive economy, a value of a future for SA, a value where our government accountable through direct election and electoral reform. A value where ultimately all of us can focus on ensuring all citizens can prosper together and live together peacefully. This is what One South Africa Movement is built on, it is focused on that and we are working all over the country to bring different races together, working together towards the shared prosperity of all South Africans."
Maimane explained that too often political parties serve their own interests, not the interests of citizens:
"People are saying you should be a party but I'm saying the problem with parties is that often they are self-interested, often they choose their own people which you should vote for without knowing them. Whereas what we're saying is that we actually realise that South Africa needs change and the change is going to come when we find men and women all across the country who are committed to these values, who can stand and be able to bring change to their towns, provinces and ultimately our nation."
Maimane is adamant that the countries best days are still ahead if everyone bands together:
"Ultimately I believe the best days for South Africa are ahead of it and if we work together we can indeed build that future for all of us. And therefore I am communicating this message to all activists, all South Africans: Come be a part of this movement, let us work together because ultimately it is going to take all of us to build a prosperous South Africa. It doesn't matter what race, it doesn't matter where you come from, we have to work together to make sure South Africa is a prosperous nation for all."
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