DA to boycott red carpet

2015-02-12 15:27
Mmusi Maimane (File, News24)

Mmusi Maimane (File, News24)

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Cape Town – The DA has announced that it will boycott the red carpet activities scheduled around the State of the Nation address on Thursday.

DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane said his party’s caucus will arrive as a group to the opening of Parliament and not celebrate it as a red carpet event.

“At a time when our country is in crisis, we are not celebrating this as a red carpet occasion. South Africans want Parliament to work, and MPs to do their jobs.”

Maimane said: “We are here this evening [Thursday] for the President to account to Parliament on the real state of our nation, nothing more.”

He said if Parliament descends into chaos on Thursday, it will be a national embarrassment.

“If the lights go out in South Africa this evening [Thursday] due to load shedding, that will be the only disruption of Parliament’s business we will participate in, albeit involuntarily.”

He said the fact that power cuts may need to happen even as the President prepares to tell us a good story, is a telling sign of the real crises facing South Africa.

“The ANC’s protection of President Zuma, and the EFF’s theatrics serve no purpose other than to undermine Parliament’s constitutional role. Neither side advances the important cause of accountability for those in power.”

He said Zuma should account for his wrongs.

Tonight, however, the State of the Nation must be about the issues, Maimane said.

He said Zuma should address issue such as the electricity crisis “that has cost our country a million jobs since 2008”, the alarming levels of unemployment, criminality, drug abuse and hopelessness, especially among young people.

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