SA has a 'dirty' government, says Maimane

2013-11-02 17:00
DA spokesperson Mmusi Maimane. Picture: Sapa

DA spokesperson Mmusi Maimane. Picture: Sapa

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Johannesburg - There are no dirty votes in South Africa, only a "dirty government", the DA's Gauteng premier candidate Mmusi Maimane said in Johannesburg on Saturday.

"There is no such thing as a dirty vote. There is only a dirty government," Maimane said in a speech prepared for delivery in Soweto.

He was referring to an incident, last month, when Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane apparently told protesters in Bekkersdal, who did not want her to address them, that the ANC did not need their "dirty votes".

Maimane said he used to vote for the African National Congress because "back then, the ANC embodied hope and change".

However he said that the ANC was now a liberation movement which had "left its people behind".

Maimane listed a number of ways he believed Gauteng could be uplifted.

For example, he said that e-tolls had to be stopped.

"E-tolls will kill jobs and make people poorer."

He also said small businesses and entrepreneurs needed to be supported.

"There are thriving car washes, food stalls, hair salons and chisa nyama on every corner in every community I visit."

Maimane said he "pledged" that the Democratic Alliance would not make things go back to the way they were in apartheid.

"We will never allow South Africa to go backwards."

Read more on:    da  |  anc  |  mmusi maimane  |  nomvula mokonyane  |  johannesburg  |  politics  |  tolls

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