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Jacob Zuma killed the ANC – We will not let him kill South Africa too

June 6, 2017

We should be building a post-ANC South Africa together.

In this post-ANC South Africa, we will put the education of our children first by supporting poor schools to become centres of excellence. No child will be left behind.

We will work hard to create a range of education, training and work opportunities for all young people leaving school.

In this post-ANC South Africa we will recognise the important role investors and entrepreneurs play in creating jobs and fighting poverty.

We will modernise our economy and we will invest in industries that make us globally competitive.

In this post-ANC South Africa we will double the Police Force and we will secure our borders, but we will also look at ways to attract skills and talent from across the continent.

We will choose our global friends well, and then stand by them in their time of need.

Friends such as my Zambian counterpart, Hakainde Hichilema, who was thrown in jail by a corrupt government. He will know he can count on the support of the South African government.

In this post-ANC South Africa we will do all we can to create opportunities for people to stand on their own two feet and escape the dependency on social grants. But, for those who need them, we will double the grant income.

In this post-ANC South Africa we will elect a president who will use the Presidency budget to serve the people, and not to stay out of jail.

This is our plan to bring our country back on track. And parts of this plan are already underway.

Our new coalition governments in Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay are already making inroads into reversing the damage left behind in these cities.

In these metros we have tarred new roads, launched new metro police, narcotics and K9 units, handed over thousands of title deeds, launched new housing projects and slashed perks for politicians.

Coalition governments are never easy, but we are making them work for the people of these cities. And we can make them work in national government too.

But it will require a big shift in the way we all think of our roles in building South Africa.

It will require many of you to accept that the ANC you once knew no longer exists.

Jacob Zuma killed that ANC. We will not let him kill South Africa too.

Mmusi Maimane

A new fight for Freedom starts now

April 28, 2017

We come from different political parties, trade unions, churches and civil society groups and we are all South Africans.

We stand united by nothing other than our love for our country.

In 1994 South Africans came together to vote for a new future.

It was an incredible day.

We showed the world that the spirit of the South African people cannot be crushed.

We showed that we can unite in the pursuit of a better life.

We showed that we are a people who love freedom, and we are prepared to fight for it.

Today, 23 years later, we are once again brought together by our common goal: Freedom for all who live here.

We represent political parties.

We represent labour movements.

We represent civil society groups – churches, non-governmental organisations, universities and business.

We have come together to save our democracy from a corrupt government.

We have come together because we believe that freedom must be fought for in every generation.

We have come together because we believe unity is strength.

Unity doesn’t mean you’re the same. It means you’re together.

Today we stand together. United in our diversity.

Under the banner of the Freedom Movement, we will channel the hope and the passion of millions of South Africans who believe in the future of this great nation.

All of us have seen what happens when you give one man too much power.

We have seen what happens when one party is in power for too long.

Together, we are building a new movement to realign politics as we know it.

And, together, we extend a hand of friendship to other parties and individuals who want to join us.

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When I look to the future of this country, I see beyond the divisions of the past.

When I look to the future, I see past the narrow party politics of the present.

When I look to the future, I see people who aren’t defined by their political choices. People who no longer have to say “I am ANC” or “I am COSATU” or “I am DA”.

We still are the Rainbow Nation

When I look to the future, I see a new political formation in power.

A new political formation of leaders from across the political spectrum.

A new political formation free of corruption and free of corrupting influences.

A new political formation that defends our Constitution.

A new political formation of, and for, the people.

A new political formation united in the pursuit of prosperity for all.

Because the old order is dying and a new struggle is born.

The old order gave us corruption, looting and the abuse of power.

It gave us an oppressive government that abuses state institutions to fight its fights and settle its scores.

It saw millions of people trapped in poverty and unemployment.

But we’re witnessing the dying kicks of the old order, and the rise of a new struggle.

A new fight against oppression begins today.

A new fight for opportunities begins today.

A new fight for freedom starts now.

Mmusi Maimane

SA needs a foreign policy based on facts and principle

January 23, 2017

South Africa should play a leading role in foreign policy issues but for years we have aligned ourselves with despots and human rights abusers around the world.

We have squandered a wonderful opportunity to show the world what value South Africa can add.

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South Africa has unique experience in the world as one of the only countries that has found a negotiated, peaceful solution to a seemingly intractable conflict.

We can harness it to play a proactive, constructive leadership role in opening communication channels between Israeli and Palestinian leaders, to help bring them together to negotiate a peaceful solution and an end to conflict.

This is why a DA delegation visited Israel and Palestine earlier this month.

Diplomacy cannot be based on propaganda or historical alliances of government. It must be rooted in the present and based on facts.

To hear both sides of a story is not only a legal and moral principle, it is also a practical necessity.

“If you really want to know what is going on, do what Helen Suzman did and go see for yourself. This is exactly what we did.

We went to Israel and Palestine to get the facts and to establish constructive relationships of trust with leaders on both sides of the conflict – and also to learn about innovation and trade opportunities in the region.

In addition to political leaders, we met with members of the broader community of civil society, business people and religious leaders from both sides,” said Mmusi Maimane.

“The DA is committed to a foreign policy that is consistent and rooted in fact and principle; a foreign policy that takes South Africa and the world forward, promotes liberal democracy and protects individual human rights.

We intend to engage more leaders from across the world – in order to prepare for being in government, innovate and forge good relations.

In 1993, Nelson Mandela stated that: “Human rights will be the light that guides our foreign affairs”.

Under Zuma’s ANC, South Africa’s foreign policy has strayed from that path.

The DA is committed to getting South Africa back onto it,” added Maimane.

The Gordhan witch-hunt is Zuma’s road to the Treasury’s keys.

August 26, 2016

“Pravin Gordhan has not made himself popular since his appointment as Finance Minister last December, by taking principled and correct decisions against those closest to Zuma.

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Zuma knows his days are swiftly coming to an end – both as President of the ANC and of the country – and has now begun to accelerate his personal project of state capture.

While we as the DA fully respect the Rule of Law and due process, we are in full support of anyone who stands up to Jacob Zuma and his project of capturing the state and its machinery to further his own nefarious agenda.”

Mmusi Maimane

We can win on 3 August

July 31, 2016

This election is make or break for South Africa.

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The polls are showing that we are neck-and-neck with the ANC in the big metros of Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay. These are SA’s economic powerhouses. It’s going to be close, but we can win these cities.

And if we do, we will turn them around like we have turned Cape Town around.

It will not only make an enormous difference to the daily lives of millions of urban South Africans, but it will also put the DA in a position to kick-start our flagging economy. And it will give us the momentum we need to get into national government in 2019.

In each of these three metros, it may come down to a handful of votes like it did in Cape Town in 2006, when the DA got the slimmest foot in the doorway by forming a seven party coalition.

Back then Cape Town’s future hung by the most tenuous of threads, but those few thousand extra votes ultimately translated into the enormous gains we have made since then and will continue to make in the coming years – at a greater pace, now that we have built up such momentum.

That is why every registered voter who wants to get South Africa moving forward again needs to vote for the DA on 3 August. So, please help us to make sure every single DA voter gets to the polls.

We need every single one of their votes.

If every DA supporter does actually vote for us, then we will emerge victorious on 4 August, and we will start building Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay into truly world-class cities.

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The DA is the only party in South Africa today that is committed to achieving Madiba’s vision of a united, prosperous South Africa, grounded on a respect for the values enshrined in our Constitution.

And we are strong enough and big enough to win this fight. But the race is a very close one. This is nimble David versus bloated Goliath.

We have a track record, both in opposition and in government, to prove our commitment and capacity to achieve this mission. The DA is a tremendous force for good in SA – both as the official opposition and as the governing party in the Western Cape and in a growing number of cities and towns across the country.

In government, we have improved the lives of the poor, grown the economy, and cut corruption. Cape Town’s unemployment rate is 14.6 percentage points below the national average.

The Auditor General reported last month that not a single rand was lost to corruption, while Stats SA and Good Governance Africa confirmed that DA governments lead in service delivery.

The choice next week is clear: the ANC stands for corruption, the EFF for chaos.

Only the DA is capable of delivering change that cuts corruption, grows the economy, and takes our country forward again.

In four days’ time we can make history, but only with your vote.

Help us make history on 3 August by voting DA. Ke Nako, it is time!

Regards

Mmusi Maimane

Mmusi Maimane and Helen Zille visit the Kouga

July 4, 2016

The top leadership of the Democratic Alliance visited Kouga over the past week, with large crowds being drawn to all the events held in Hankey, Humansdorp and St Francis Bay.

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Mmusi Maimane kicked things off with a massive street meeting in Hankey, which was attended by around 750 people last Wednesday.

Maimane spoke about corruption that has spread like a cancer in South Africa and starts from the very top of the national government.

“South Africa cannot afford to pay R 250 million for a house for one person, nor can we afford to pay R 4 billion for an air plane for one person.

It’s time for change in South Africa and that change must begin on 3 August in the 2016 election right here in Hankey,” said Maimane to an appreciative crowd.

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John Moodey, the leader of the DA in Gauteng spoke to about 300 people in a packed hall at Kruisfontein Civic in the evening.

“We have experienced nothing but disappointment since 1994 and its time to vote in a new government in Kouga, in Nelson Mandela Bay and in Johannesburg,” said Moodey.

The DA held its provincial council meeting in Cape St Francis over the weekend, with Helen Zille being the key speaker.

Zille then went to Sea Vista for a public meeting, which was crammed, despite the cold and chilly weather conditions.

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Zille spoke about the changes that the DA have brought to Cape Town, where over 60 % of the budget is allocated to uplifting the lives of the most vulnerable of the citizens of Cape Town.

“It is unacceptable that the people of Sea Vista must live in the conditions they are living in at present.

The DA has proven in the Western Cape that we can turn things around and we will do the same in Kouga after 3 August,” said Helen.

Zille then attended a public meeting in Joubertina, together with DA Mayoral candidate in Nelson Mandela Bay, Athol Trollip.

The meeting was once again packed with DA supporters, who enthusiastically engaged with both Zille and Trollip.

To view more pictures and video’s of the events, visit the Democratic Alliance Facebook page

South Africans want jobs, not jets

July 1, 2016

If you think Nkandla was a huge waste of our money, Nkandla is a picnic compared to what the government is planning to spend on Zuma’s luxurious new jet.

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This jet, ‘Nkandla Air’, is going to cost in the region of R4 billion – equivalent to 16 Nkandlas!

Our economy is in meltdown. Instead of growing, our economy is in fact shrinking. There are 8.9 million unemployed adults in South Africa – 5.9 million under the age of 35. And things are set to get worse.

Unless we make some bold changes, there will soon be over 9 million unemployed people with over 6 million of them being young people.

The simple fact of the matter is, we cannot afford a new jet. SA cannot afford a new jet for the president while 8.9 million South Africans are jobless and cannot afford to provide for themselves and their families.

We can’t afford a new jet and we can’t afford a president and a government that doesn’t realise this, or doesn’t care.

The DA’s message to Jacob Zuma is clear: South Africans want jobs, not jets.

With R4 billion we could pay for over 160 000 one-year internships for young South Africans.

With R4 billion we could pay for over 600 000 EPWP 3-month work opportunities for jobless South Africans.

Or we could support 80 000 new entrepreneurs with a R 50 000 start-up grant each.

Or we could fund 53 000 full NFSAS bursaries to cover fees, accommodation, transport and textbooks for young South Africans.

On 3 August, it is our turn to tell Jacob Zuma what we want. And we want jobs, not jets. It’s our money and it’s our democracy and ultimately, we get to make the decision.

Vote DA for CHANGE that stops corruption, delivers better services, and creates jobs. This is the CHANGE that we need to move South Africa forward again.

Regards

Mmusi Maimane

One Nation, One Future built on Freedom, Fairness and Opportunity

June 7, 2016

The leader of the DA Leader, Mmusi Maimane, has launched the DA’s policy for building a Fair South Africa.

Find out what Mmusi’s vision for South Africa is all about:

As South Africa approaches the 40th anniversary of the June 16th Soweto uprising, a milestone in the struggle against Apartheid, we should be honest and reflect on where we find ourselves today: have we done enough to address the wrongs of the past and remove the structural inequalities which centuries of colonialism and Apartheid entrenched?

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Are we any closer to achieving our desired dream of a non-racial, non-sexist South Africa?

While we have made progress since 1994, the answer to many of these questions remains no. The reality for millions of people across our beautiful nation is that our society remains deeply unfair.

The colour of our skin, and the circumstances of our birth shape in the most fundamental way the prospects we have for success in this life.

The ANC, after 22 years in power, have not done enough to ensure that there is this change. They govern like black lives don’t matter; more worried about bailing President Zuma and his corrupt friends out of trouble, than redressing the wrongs of the past.

Just this past week, we saw how Jacob Zuma and the Guptas were let off the hook again by the ANC. This sort of crony corruption steals opportunities from the poor. It is happening in ANC wards and governed councils across the country.

This amplifies unfairness, and allows for a small benefited elite to benefit at the expense at those who remain disadvantaged. This unfairness tears at the fabric of our democracy and if we continue as “business as usual” we risk threatening the vision we collectively pursued in 1994, that of a prosperous South Africa, united in all its diversity.

When I was elected the leader of the Democratic Alliance, I knew it was essential that we, as a future national government of South Africa, set out our plan to address this unfairness. I know, as do many people across our country, that the status quo is not working.

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I therefore commissioned a new paper for the party which set out clearly what we mean when we talk of working towards a Fair South Africa for all. The policy before you today is the end result of this process, approved by our party’s Federal Council.

Our Fair South Africa vision sets out both forward looking and redress solutions to inequality and unfairness in South Africa. Those forward looking solutions, referred to as “enablers to fairness”, will help ensure that all South Africans from birth have more equitable access to rights and opportunities. These include ensuring:

 Quality basic education for all
 Equitable access to further education and training
 Furthering gender equality
 Making justice more accessible
 Improved access to and diversity in sport.

Most importantly, at the heart of this must be the building of an inclusive economy that is growing, that attracts confidence and investment, creates jobs and allows black South Africans, who are so often still excluded from economic opportunity, to access opportunities.

To ensure this, we are also committing to a range of meaningful redress solutions which actively seek to undo the disempowerment and economic exclusion of the past. A Fair South Africa therefore also includes policies that allow for:

 Accelerated land reform that empowers people with ownership, which can be used as an economic asset
 Targets to promote and ensure increasing diversity in all spheres
 Truly broad-based black economic empowerment that allows for opportunities for those who remain outside of the economy; instead of benefiting an ANC-connected elite.

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The structural racialized inequality which needs to be addressed remains alive and well in our towns and cities across South Africa. If you are black, you are likely to live in the urban periphery, far away from economic opportunities, and stuck in a cycle of poverty.

More must be done to address this across the country. I acknowledge, as the leader of a party that runs many governments which are working to address the racialized planning of the past, that there is still so much more work to do.

I commit my party today to work harder than ever before, where we are elected to govern, to address unfair towns and cities because we believe at the core of our party in building a non-racial society – united in our diversity.

It is for this reason that our manifesto sets out a number of clear redress solutions to tackle the unfairness we find in our towns and cities. These include, amongst others:

 Establishing and maintaining inclusive community amenities such as childcare facilities, municipal halls, parks, recreation areas, sport grounds, markets and libraries
 Connecting people from diverse backgrounds through efficient, affordable, safe and reliable transport
 Ensuring that urban planning and zoning considers the integration of different communities and income levels, as well as providing adequate public spaces
 Working towards providing all residents with fair ICT access opportunities, giving residents the potential to increase their ability to find jobs and access services
 Using urban infrastructure upgrades to improve and uplift previously disadvantaged neighbourhoods
 Speeding up the delivery of title deeds to state-subsidized housing so that communities disposed of land in the past have real and legal ownership of their homes
 Ensuring long-term strategies to ensure increased access to services and amenities, as city population grows. All residents should live with dignity

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The DA’s policy for a South Africa, read together with our Manifesto for Change, will create a policy platform to create the jobs our people need, and contribute to building an inclusive economy. This will provide hope for the 8.9 million jobless South Africans.

Where we govern, we are making this progress. In the last quarterly labour force survey, Cape Town created 4000 new jobs, while hundreds of thousands joined the ranks of the unemployed in other metros.

In the DA-run Midvaal municipality, we have been able to achieve the lowest unemployment rate in the province. We know we have much more to do – but we are working hard to bring positive change to people’s lives by creating jobs, stopping corruption and delivery better services.

South Africans across the country are already working to build an inclusive future. It is now up to government, at all spheres, to match this effort, by taking these steps to remove structural barriers and ensure that no person is discriminated against or disadvantaged unfairly.

On 3 August 2016, South Africans face a choice. They can vote to maintain the status quo, where our society remains fundamentally unfair – or vote DA for change that will put us back on the right track again.

My pledge to you today is to make sure that DA government do everything to bring about this change. Because it is only when these powerful enablers are implemented in tandem with impactful redress that we can honour our past and own our future.

This is how the vision of One Nation, One Future built on Freedom, Fairness and Opportunity, can be realised.

Regards

Mmusi

ANC taking South Africans for granted – Maimane

March 22, 2016

The ANC has taken South Africans for granted, DA leader, Mmusi Maimane said on Monday .

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Speaking at a DA event in Sharpville, held in commemoration of 69 residents who were gunned down by apartheid police in 1960, Maimane said the ANC’s agenda was to protect Zuma, not the country.

“When the president can stand and say the ANC is above South Africa, we must know our freedom can no longer be taken for granted,”  said Maimane.

Addressing around 200 DA leaders in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Sharpville, Maimane said they had tried to question why the ruling party continued to be in defence of President Jacob Zuma instead of the nation.

“When you ask them why you are protecting Zuma, they say Maimane you must get out Parliament,” said Maimane.

It was a tragedy that a party that had fought for human rights had since become about one person.

“A movement led by Mandela has been reduced to protect one person,” said Maimane, adding that this had led to the protection of Sudan’s Al-Bashir who was wanted in connection with war crimes as well as the Gupta family.

The Gupta family which owns The New Age newspaper and news station ANN7 is said to have strong ties with Zuma and other members of government.

Last week, several government officials claimed that the Gupta family had offered them ministerial jobs in exchange for favours.

Maimane said this was the time for the country to implement change in governance.

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Wits crises causes Mmusi to cancel Humansdorp visit

October 19, 2015

Mmusi Maimane, the leader of the Democratic Alliance has cancelled his visit to Humansdorp due to the ongoing crises at Wits University and other campuses around South Africa.

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Protesting Wits students have overturned the car of a fellow student who drove through their blockade and beat the driver up.

Police rescued him from the protesters. The student’s condition is not clear at present.

Meanwhile, the University of Cape Town has been granted a temporary interdict against protesting students at the campus.

According to the draft order granted by the Western Cape High Court, students were temporarily interdicted from, among other things:

– Disrupting or interfering with normal activities at the university, including lectures, tutorials, exams and tests;

– Barricading entrances;

– Intimidating, threatening and harassing employees and/or students;

– Arson and vandalism;

– Preventing university staff, such as acting vice chancellor Francis Petersen, deputy vice chancellor Danie Visser and his acting counterpart Anwar Mall from returning to work.

In the draft order, the court said the sheriff “may remove all existing barricades and be authorised to remove any new barricades which may be erected”.

The university was forced to suspend all lectures and activities on Monday due to protests over fee hikes.

UCT students began blocking entrances to the institution on Monday morning in protest against a planned 10.3%.

The protest comes amidst several others at universities countrywide over proposed fee increases for 2016.