Zuma, Malema hold SA to ransom – Maimane

2015-02-11 18:23
 (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

(Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Cape Town - The DA has reiterated that it will not disrupt or be part of a disruption of President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address on Thursday evening.

And it could not be right that two thugs are allowed to hold Parliament and the country to ransom, said DA’s parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane on Wednesday, City Press reported.

This is in reference to the expected showdown in Parliament tomorrow where EFF leader Julius Malema is expected to interrupt President Jacob Zuma’s speech by asking a question about Nkandla.

The official opposition held a rally outside Parliament this morning presenting its alternative state of the nation address, which was delivered by party leader Helen Zille, Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille and Maimane.

Maimane accused the ANC and the EFF of being hell-bent on breaking down Parliament before adding that: “Tomorrow we are going to witness an engagement between one thug and another thug.”

“That is why we are here to say we are not going to be party to that.”

Maimane did not mention any names.

He added: “These ‘tsotsis’ are holding the whole of South Africa to ransom. How can two people hold the whole nation to a ransom? It can’t be!”

Maimane said it could not be right that other MPs would be spectators to “a family feud between a father and son”.

Maimane has previously referred to Zuma and EFF leader Julius Malema as two sides of the same coin – and compared them to father and son.

He said it was important for the State of the Nation address` to be about the real issues facing South Africans.

“We want to come to Parliament to talk about the real issues, the issues that challenge the people of South Africa.

“But there are some who want to settle old scores and hold the nation to ransom. We have one simple message for them, if tomorrow, Parliament collapses it will not only be an embarrassment for them but it will be an embarrassment for our nation,” he said.

“And I know President Mandela never wanted a day where South Africa could be embarrassed,” said Maimane, reflecting on the 25th anniversary of the release from prison of former president Nelson Mandela.

He called on South Africans to stand up for a strong Parliament.

‘Power to the people’

Maimane, who recently had a countrywide tour themed “Power to the people”, said he encountered a number of people who spoke to him about the issues of the day. Their main complaint was the electricity crisis, he said.

Maimane said this became deeply offensive and more dangerous when President Zuma stands up and says load shedding is a result of Hendrik Verwoerd.

Maimane said while apartheid was an evil system which oppressed black South Africans, it was deeply offensive when Zuma blamed the system for load shedding.

“He offends the South Africans who suffered under apartheid. He can’t lead South Africa forward by looking backward. What Zuma must understand is that load shedding was made by his government,” he said.

Maimane also called for Zuma’s prosecution, saying going through the courts was the only way the president could clear his name regarding the Nkandla scandal and the spy tapes issue.

Addressing hundreds of DA supporters outside the parliamentary gates, De Lille said the party will not “join the EFF and the ANC in disrupting Parliament”.

“We as the DA will play our constitutional role and that is to hold the government accountable,” said De Lille.

In her speech, Zille warned that the country under the ANC was becoming a “criminal state”.

She accused the ANC of being in a desperate race to entrench a system where the corrupt can use their power to benefit themselves, their families and their friends.

“They want to destroy anything that threatens their corrupt little network.”

Zille claimed that there was an ANC faction led by Zuma which seeks to defeat justice by capturing every single institution with the power to expose and prosecute corruption, before these very institutions take them down in a court of law.

“This is the race they are running,” she said.

Zille said the ANC would do this by placing loyal, unquestioning cadres in every important position.

“These are Jacob Zuma’s men and women who are betraying the liberation struggle by capturing the state for their own purposes.”

She cited the enforced leave of Hawks head Anwa Dramat, the departure of Special Investigating Unit boss Vas Soni, the inquiry into the National Prosecuting Authority’s head as examples of the campaign of “state capture”.

But she warned that Zuma’s time was almost up, saying that it was being eaten up by a big blue dog that is the DA.


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