SA, roll up your sleeves: Maimane

2015-08-17 07:56
DA leader Mmusi Maimane (Genevieve Quintal, News24)

DA leader Mmusi Maimane (Genevieve Quintal, News24)

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Johannesburg - DA leader Mmusi Maimane agrees with economist Dawie Roodt that all South Africans need to roll up their sleeves and help solve the country's problems.

"There are shared values that we must drive in South Africa," Maimane told News24.

"I think often we shouldn't get into this space where our issue is against each other on the basis of race."

Roodt wrote an open letter to all South Africans after he was seriously hurt when armed robbers held him and his family up in their Pretoria home on July 23.

In the letter, titled "I choose the greater fear - A letter to my fellow South Africans – all of them", he laments government bureaucracy and how the country is deteriorating. He outlines a three-point plan on how things could be improved. Read the full letter here.

Maimane said he did not support Roodt's idea that all public servants reapply for their jobs.

"I think it's unrealistic to even strike a deal of that nature. I think they should downsize the civil service," he said.

"It's not incompetent because they are bad people... sometimes it is incompetent because there are too many people."

Maimane said the DA supported the idea of a world-class skills development programme. This had to be supplemented by a world-class education system.

He said the biggest obstacle to job creation was labour relations.

"When you talk about creating an appropriate climate you cannot do that while there are cumbersome, burdensome labour relations. It will hamper their ability to hire people.

"Repeal legislation that makes it impossible for people to run their businesses."

Maimane said he wrote to Roodt after the attack, saying he understood the trauma of what had happened to him.

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