‘He’s no saviour’: on home turf, Maimane takes aim at Cyril
In Dobsonville on Saturday, DA leader fumed as he slammed the ANC for being a 'relic'
Mmusi Maimane is angry – just ask him, and he’ll tell you.
During the party’s final election rally on Saturday, the DA leader lashed out at President Cyril Ramaphosa. The president had, he said, accepted a “bribe”. Ramaphosa was also there, Maimane charged, when SA was looted.
“I am angry that the very people who were elected to lead us, ended up stealing from us. And what’s most offensive is that they stole from the poor,” said Maimane at the Phetogo election rally in his neighbourhood of Dobsonville. “And now they’ve [the ANC] elected a leader who wants you to believe he has just arrived in time to save us. But he was there all along.”
He said Ramaphosa watched the looting of Eskom and Prasa, while he was tasked with fixing these institutions.
“Cyril Ramaphosa is no saviour. He is part of the ANC that caused so much despair and suffering these past 25 years. And now they want another five years to loot,” he said.
He said Ramaphosa was “shocked at everything he sees”.
“He was there when Zuma and the Guptas were protected in vote after vote after vote. His name is recorded in these votes as one of those who betrayed us,” said Maimane. “This is a man who took bribe money from Bosasa, and allowed his son to take their money too.”
Maimane said the ANC were once the leaders in the struggle for freedom, but today they stood directly in the way of freedom for millions of South Africans – a “mere relic of the past”.
Without mentioning them by name, Maimane said voting for the ANC was like voting for the EFF. He said he could see there was already an alliance between the two parties.
“If you vote for that guy, you are voting for corruption and a merger [with the EFF],” Maimane said.
Maimane said change was needed in the country.
“But, fellow South Africans, here’s the thing about change: It is never easy. It’s uncomfortable. It can be scary.”