Zuma's cows better off than Tembisa residents: DA

By Drum Digital
07 April 2014

DA protest march demanding jobs

President Jacob Zuma's livestock have better living conditions than communities in Tembisa, on the East Rand, DA Gauteng premier candidate Mmusi Maimane said on Sunday.

"Our people in Tembisa wonder where the development is. Around here our grandmothers are digging their own toilets," he told journalists after addressing a protest march demanding jobs. "There is no progress here. South Africans cannot find work. The report of the Public Protector confirms our view that President Jacob Zuma took money and benefited personally. "He was referring to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's "Secure in Comfort" report on the security upgrades to Zuma's Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal homestead. Maimane led hundreds of DA supporters who marched along several streets in Tembisa.

"People's lives in the East Rand are not good. The main problem is that President Jacob Zuma's cattle have a better life than your life here," said Maimane to loud cheers and ululation.

"His chickens lead a better life than people in this community. In his last term in office, President Zuma lost more jobs than he created. The marchers' procession, led by several police vehicles, converged at an open space waving blue placards saying: "Together for change" and "Together for jobs".

Regarding the May 7 election, Maimane said he remained hopeful that he would snatch the premier post from the African National Congress. "After the 7th of May there will be a new government. Our polls (survey) say the ANC is below 50 percent and that tells us that we are growing," he said.

"I am feeling very positive. The ANC should bring out their candidate and let him do his own thing."

Some of the supporters sang and shouted: "Down with Nkandla, down".

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