‘Freedom means more’

2015-06-03 06:00
A DA supporter hugs her leader, Mmusi Maimane, at a meeting in Batho on Sunday (31/05). 

Conrad Bornman

A DA supporter hugs her leader, Mmusi Maimane, at a meeting in Batho on Sunday (31/05). Photo: Conrad Bornman

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“WE as the DA, we believe that we must build the country based on freedom, fairness and opportunities,” Mmusi Maimane the DA’s newly-elected leader, said on Sunday (31/05).

Maimane addressed hundreds of DA supporters who had gathered outside the Batho Community Hall in Bloemfontein.

“When we talk about freedom, we don’t just say people have the right to vote. We say the freedom must mean that if you want to have an opportunity to work in South Africa that you live in, you must get that opportunity to work,” said Maimane.

“For us in the DA, freedom means far, far more than just a symbolic freedom.

“It has to be freedom you can use. It has to be freedom that gives you access to opportunities in life.”

Maimane said the people in Ba­tho lived in houses that were falling apart and some did not have title deeds and they did not have a clinic, while Pres. Jacob Zuma had built a cattle kraal costing millions of rands at Nkandla.

“If the president can build a cattle kraal for millions and millions of rands, it means that the cattle in Nkandla must have a good story to tell. But the people in this community still don’t have a clinic and ti­tle deeds.

“That is wrong.”

He said the Free State was not doing enough to create job opportunities for the youth.

“Free State youth have finished matric, but they can’t get work.

“Unemployment remains the biggest problem in this province.

“It cannot be that we live in a country where young people are unemployed, but we talk about a free South Africa.”

Maimane also said Eskom had failed the people of South Africa. “Eskom has failed the country, because it was supposed to have finished building the Kusile Power Station and the Medupi Power Station, but it has not done so, because it is benefitting from Luthuli House. It cannot be that Eskom should continue to hold the monopoly.”

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