Zuma visiting Brits. (Carien du Plessis, News24)
Brits – DA leader Mmusi Maimane is a “scarecrow” and his party does not know if it is white or black, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday.
“The poor man (Maimane) hasn’t read the history of this country, and he is no different to the few black people who sided with whites during oppression,” he told a crowd of ANC T-shirts in a full Letlhabile Stadium, north of Brits, on Thursday afternoon.
The rally concluded his day of campaigning in the area.
Zuma called the DA “the most confused party for now”.
“They don’t know whether they are white or black. They don’t know what they are standing for.”
He racist utterances equating black people to monkeys were made by DA members. Zuma was referring to KwaZulu-Natal estate agent Penny Sparrow’s Facebook post in January.
“Maimane must accept he is a lost feather floating in the sky. During apartheid, people who behaved like him were known as scarecrows.”
Even though he spent half of his 35-minute speech talking about the opposition, Zuma said he didn’t want to waste time discussing the DA.
“I just want you to know that the man has no politics. In any case, all like him in the past had no politics. They would make themselves loved by their new friends, their new bosses. I don’t want to spend time with this young fellow. He is a lost cause.”
Zuma belittled the Economic Freedom Fighters, to loud cheers from the crowd.
Without mentioning party leader Julius Malema by name, Zuma said “some young man, ill-disciplined” formed an “angry organisation”.
Zuma said the overalls and the cleaners’ uniforms the EFF wore in Parliament were symbols of slavery, and were not worn by workers “out of love”.
Zuma was expected to campaign on his home turf of Nkandla on Friday. He would attend a gala dinner in the Free State in the evening.
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