Maimane takes jab at Zuma and Malema, ANC replies with low blow

2014-06-19 00:00

CAPE TOWN — “You see, ‘radical plans’ are not in and of themselves good simply because they are described as ‘radical’ — just like wearing a beret does not make you a revolutionary.”

This was how Mmusi Maimane, the new DA leader in Parliament, yesterday challenged President Jacob Zuma while at the same time aiming a barb at the former ANC Youth League leader Juluis Malema.

Maimane started his speech describing himself as a son of Soweto and said Zuma only had empty promises for South Africa.

He said until Zuma fully explains himself on the undue benefit from R246 million to his private estate, South Africans could not trust their president.

He said it was time for leadership on the economy. “A third of our people cannot find jobs and the youth are the most affected, with four out of 10 jobless.”

He said South Africa’s credit rating had again been downgraded, the economy is in a recession and more people were losing their jobs while the governing party was being held hostage by opposing interests in the party.

Maimane said Zuma had repeated many promises but there was little delivery.

“The truth is he [Zuma] cannot implement the National Development Plan.”

Uncertainty about the government’s policy also contributes to the country’s economic problems.

“I challenge him to withdraw the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill, the Promotion and Protection of Investment Bill (which does nothing of the sort), the Property Valuation Bill, the Expropriation Bill and the Infrastructure Development Bill.

“All of these bills contradict the National Development Plan, undermine the economy and job-creation.”

Several other members then took Maimane to task in their replies.

Minister of Housing Lindiwe Sisulu, who is also senior ANC member, said she had learned nothing new from the DA leader’s speech apart from the fact that he came from Soweto.

She said she just wondered how Maimane could became a member of the DA and called him “the Madam’s youngest hireling”, adding he was just a commodity for the DA.

ANC MP Yunus Carrim tried a low blow by calling Maimane “a black poster boy from the suburbs”, but he had to withdraw his remark.

Zuma did not react to any of the replies yesterday.

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