A better life cannot be in Nkandla – Mmusi Maimane

2014-04-23 15:46

He could offer office space in the Gauteng premier’s office at R1 a year to small businesses by taking from the money spent on Nkandla, DA Gauteng premier candidate Mmusi Maimane told supporters who participated in the party’s jobs march in Joburg today.

“If you want office space in this building, we want to open this building at R1 a year,” he said, to which the crowd responded with excitement.

Maimane said the R246 million spent on Nkandla could be used to provide cheap rent to small business owners.

“A better life cannot be in Nkandla. A better life must also be in Gauteng,” he said while speaking to a crowd of more that 500 DA supporters, who braved the rain to show their support today.

“Jobs cannot be for the people connected to the ANC. Jobs should be for all people,” he said. “Nomvula [Mokonyane, Gauteng Premier] says they want to create employment opportunities. Although these are good, they are not sustainable. They don’t teach our people too much, we need to create a small business revolution,” Maimane said.

One of the DA’s goals he said, would be to end e-tolling and increase employment.

“It’s not good enough that two million people in Gauteng can’t find work. It’s not good enough that when matriculants finish school they can’t even type an email. We are saying we will give them iPads to type emails,” he said.

This made the crowd shout: “Viva, Maimane, viva!”

“Enough is enough,” Maimane said in reference to the ANC government.

He said the DA wanted to take care of the people who have long been forgotten by the ANC government. He also promised better healthcare and more doctors, saying young people were tired of a poor healthcare system where “you go into the hospital with flu and come back with pneumonia”.

“Government is interested in looking after the ANC. We are interested in a government that looks after the people of Gauteng.”

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