Julius Malema has good questions, bad answers – Mmusi Maimane

2014-07-09 14:52

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DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane today labelled Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) chief Julius Malema’s political ideas as “unworkable”.

“I think his ideas are populist. I think his questions are good – in that we must ask questions about land – but I think his answers are bad,” Maimane told a Cape Town Press Club meeting.

Parliament’s job was to legislate solutions that were workable for the future, he said. He was “not convinced” that Malema would contribute practical ideas to Parliament.

There were also “significant hypocrisies” in the way Malema represented the constituency that put the EFF in the National Assembly, said Maimane.

“[He] has an interesting constituency that he wants to claim to be voice for. I’m fascinated ... that even within that constituency there are very significant hypocrisies.

“[He] wants to ... be the voice of the poor and [at the same time] live the most lavish life ... It’s a bit like wearing overalls and then underneath that having Louis Vuitton.”

Maimane said the EFF would face an “interesting” dynamic during the next few months.

“[Malema] has already fired a few people from his own party who don’t agree with him.”

Good governance required good institutions, and individuals had to be subject to such institutions, he added.

“The EFF must decide how they’re going to build that institutional capacity.”

Asked about his relationship with Malema, he said that he treated him “the same as any other leader of any other party. We’re in a strong competition for votes.”

It remained to be seen what the EFF would do, and whether the party would continue to attract public attention because of the red overalls its members wear in Parliament.

“I think there’s a lot of hard work to be done, and we’ve got to get on and do it.”

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