DA leader Mmusi Maimane addresses media outside Parliament after walking out of the State Of The Nation Address on February 9, 2017. PHOTO: ANA

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Maimane tears into ANC, calling it ‘morally and intellectually dead’

  • Despite the DA not being physically removed from Parliament, Maimane appeared to speak of solidarity with the EFF, saying opposition parties needed to defend each other.

Weekly Xposé Reporter

– Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane lashed out at the African National Congress (ANC) on Friday morning, calling the ruling party morally and intellectually dead. Maimane was addressing media at Parliament on Friday morning in the aftermath of the State Of The Nation Address (SONA) which saw the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) being physically removed from Parliament.

The DA has said would approach the High Court to rule on “unlawful force in Parliament”.

“This year’s State of the Nation Address will go down in history as a black mark on our young democracy. From here, the DA is focused on one thing only: unseating the ANC. We must do it now, before it is too late,” Maimane told journalists.

The DA leader said last night was “a sad night for South Africa” and that he thought it left all South Africans disheartened and angry. “Last night, many more people saw the true and ugly face of the ANC. The mission to remove this President and this ANC government from office is now more urgent than ever. Our democracy depends on it.”

Maimane criticised the actual SONA address, saying it “was defensive, and racially divisive, lacking any new ideas. A tired rehash of old, failed economic policies – repackaged as “radical” – which have failed our young people who make up almost two thirds of the 9 million South Africans without work”.

Maimane said the ANC was morally dead. “There will be some who still, even after last night, believe that the ANC can be saved. To them I say now – The ANC cannot revive itself. It is morally and intellectually dead.”

Despite the DA not being physically removed from Parliament, Maimane appeared to speak of solidarity with the EFF, saying opposition parties needed to defend each other.

“We know that it was not our members who were expelled last night. Despite this, it is still of concern to us. As the ANC becomes increasingly desperate to cling to power, the distinction between our Members and other opposition Members in the eyes of the security forces becomes less relevant. We must all defend each other in the dangerous period ahead, and we must work together to unseat this venal government,” Maimane said.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane addresses media outside Parliament after walking out of the State Of The Nation Address on February 9, 2017. PHOTO: ANA
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