The poison of former Premier DD Mabuza will infect the whole country, doing to South Africa what it did to Mpumalanga.
The DA wants to offer the people of Mpumalanga a new beginning – under a provincial and national leadership that is honest and committed to improving the lives of all the residents of this incredible province.
Our plan for Mpumalanga and South Africa is to fight corruption, to open fair access to long-term jobs, to create an honest and professional police service, to speed up the delivery of services, and to secure our borders so that everyone living in SA is doing so legally.
A DA government in Mpumalanga would be the antidote to David Mabuza’s poison.
Mpumalanga needs a remedy urgently – because the Mabuza poison has spread to every single part of this province, including to eMalahleni municipality here, which has collapsed into bankruptcy under the weight of his corruption.
#Maimane launched the party’s TeamOneSouthAfrica in eMalahleni on 2 November 2018
If we don’t act soon, the whole country will be infected.
Fellow South Africans, we are just one heart attack away from having this man as our president. In fact, we may be just one spiked drink away.
With Mpumalanga’s record of political assassinations, we would be naïve not to consider this as a risk.
In South Africa, the deputy president tends to become president.
So, one way or another, we face the real threat of Mabuza as president.
And then his poison will infect the whole country, doing to South Africa what it did to Mpumalanga.
He will steal the whole country just to buy political power to stay on top.
First, Mpumalanga’s education department got infected, when Mabuza was provincial head.
Everyone knows that he stole millions of rands meant for schools and schoolchildren and used it to buy political loyalty so that he could accumulate enormous political power.
He used that political power as a bargaining chip to become deputy president of South Africa. That’s right.
He stepped on your children’s heads to climb the ladder of power.
Do you know that nearly a quarter of primary schools in Mpumalanga still have pit toilets?
That’s the price your children have paid for his rise to (almost) the top.
As MEC for Agriculture, he infected the land claims process.
Do you know that pretty much all land restitution claims in Mpumalanga while he was MEC were fake? He was pocketing the money meant for poor black farmers.
As Premier he turned a blind eye to the corruption in his administration, to secure political support. He syphoned off money from public services in Mpumalanga, all the time using it to open more and more ANC branches, to “buy” more and more ANC delegates.
The votes of those delegates, bought with money meant for service delivery in Mpumalanga, became his bargaining chip at the ANC’s conference in Nasrec last year.
He gave those votes to Ramaphosa’s faction, in return for the deputy presidency.
He has sacrificed your futures, pushing you down, to get himself to the top.
By stomping on your lives and the lives of your children like stepping stones, he has climbed to a position that allows him to infect the whole country, to steal from the national purse, and to shape South Africa’s future for years to come. Is that what we want for our country? For our children? For ourselves?
Fellow South Africans, Mpumalanga has been cursed with the worst leadership of any province. Of all the thieves operating in South Africa, DD Mabuza is the worst by far.
He even makes neighbouring thief, Ace Magashule, look tame.
He is a cruel, dangerous man who will stop at nothing to get ahead.
Since 2009, we’ve heard of many, many political assassinations of people who have tried to expose corruption or contest for power. We can all put two and two together and get four.
No one and nothing in Mpumalanga has escaped Mabuza’s poison. Mpumalanga has such incredible potential. Its people should be rich from tourism, agriculture and mining.
This province could bless its people with good, prosperous lives.
But instead, all the news coming out of Mpumalanga is bad news, as if the sun is setting on Mpumalanga.
We hear of collapsing municipalities that together owe Eskom over R4 billion and are about to be thrown into darkness because they cannot pay for electricity.
We hear of communities without water for days on end. We see sewers overflowing.
We hear of youth unemployment that is the highest in South Africa.
We hear that eMalahleni has one of the highest murder rate and is one of the highest areas of criminal activity in South Africa.
We hear of Mpumalanga’s collapsing healthcare system, where the number of health workers has halved in the past eight years and where the department has lost R6 billion rand (that’s six thousand million rand) to irregular expenditure in the past two years.
We see roads here becoming severely dilapidated and filled with potholes. No wonder tourists choose to go elsewhere.
Mpumalanga has been poisoned by Mabuza.
All this devastation we can put on Mabuza’s shoulders. And now that there’s nothing left to steal, he is looking to infect the whole country.
The DA is the antidote to Mabuza’s poison.
Our offer is to fight corruption by giving a 15-year jail sentence to those who are found to be corrupt.
Where the DA governs, public money is spent on delivering to the people. We take a zero-tolerance approach to corruption.
Our brand is synonymous with clean audits and good governance.
Vote DA in 2019 to rid Mpumalanga and SA of the infection of corruption that Mabuza and the ANC have spread. Vote DA to build one SA for All.
*Maimane is the national leader of the Democratic Alliance
He is tipped to return as leader of the party for a second term when a national elective congress is held in April 2018
DA leader Mmusi Maimane said it was not true that the majority of black people want the state to own all land as proposed by the EFF and the ANC or that all white people are opposed to land restitution and redistribution.
He said the sentiment was largely based on comments on social media that create the impression that there is “unison” among races on land.
“There is a view that the EFF offer on nationalisation of all land is a massive issue, and all black people are in unison about that, it’s not true.
“It’s actually when we test it and look at people [that we find out it’s not true]. They want to know they can be able to own land in their own right as individuals.
“You can drive the narrative that says the land debate is about black people vs white people. That would be the worst place to start,” Maimane said.
He insists that expropriation of land without compensation is a “lazy” way out that does not guarantee the acceleration of land restitution and redistribution.
He maintains that section 25 of the Constitution, which is about property rights and expropriation of land in the public interest, is not an inhibitor.
What has slowed change in the patterns of land ownership instead, he says, is a “corrupt and incapable state” not willing to test the Constitution, instead choosing to pay exorbitant prices set by land owners.
Maimane was speaking to News24 on Friday ahead of the party’s elective congress next month where he is cleared for a second term as leader after no one stood to contest him for the position.
Policy is expected to dominate the growing party’s conference with the aim of attracting more black voters who want the DA to focus more on redress.
He slammed AfriForum for claiming that white farmers were being targeted in violent attacks and the Australian government for announcing that it would prioritise visa applications for white farmers as a result.
“You can’t set up a false war among races. By saying that white people are being targeted, you must then answer the follow up question and say: ‘Who is targeting them?’
“We have a problem of crime and murder in the country… in farming communities, townships and informal settlements. For a country to stand up and say we will offer visas on the characterisation of race… it is certainly not a view I support,” Maimane said.
Despite the DA’s ideological differences with the EFF over land, Maimane said he was still open to the possibility of forming a coalition government with the red berets after the 2019 elections.
The EFF put forward a motion of no confidence against Nelson Mandela Bay metro Mayor Athol Trollip to punish the DA for going against the motion to amend the Constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation.
Maimane said instead of the parties trying to “bully” each other on policies, they should talk about plans for government programmes.
“We can’t cannibalise each other, we must find each other,” he said.
The national leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) Mmusi Maimane should join the African National Congress (ANC), Mpumalanga ANC chairman David Mabuza told supporters on Sunday.
He was addressing about 2000 supporters at the ANC’s Siyanqoba mini rally at the eNkomeni sports ground in Pienaar. Mabuza said he wanted Maimane to join the ANC in order to be “fixed”.
“When we tell him the truth he doesn’t want to listen to us. He took a party of Verwoerds. A party of PW Botha. What is he going to do with it? No, he’s brainwashed maan, he must come for panelbeating,” Mabuza said to a thunderous applause.
Mabuza, who arrived alone in an ANC branded chopper, reminded supporters about “eGibhithe”, a Zulu word for Egypt and a reference to the Apartheid government, saying youths will have to take advice from the elders “who know more than you”.
“You see these ones?” Mabuza asked, pointing to the elderly supporters who were seated in a tent clad in ANC regalia.
“Bayayazi iGibhithe (they know Egypt). They got the big of the biggest. They had to carry passes and were not allowed to go to town. Do you see them? But look at them now.
“They are beautiful. Very beautiful. But you youths are lost. Ask there,” pointing to the roughly 300 elders again, “they know the way. “If you want to go the right way in life please ask the elders. Here they are. They are not far,” Mabuza said. “Ask them now. We can’t. We won’t go back to eGibhithe,” he said provoking further applause. Mabuza only spoke for nine minutes before handing out T-shirts and head-wraps.
He then took a swipe at what he called “aBomavela bashone”. “They are born in the morning and they die in the evening. “When they come back, please open doors for them. Don’t chase them away. Kids do get lost. But when they return, parents do open doors”, he said.
Mabuza then proceeded to give out blankets to the elderly before flying off to Numbi Gate Spin City in Hazyview, where he spent time with the youth. Spin City is a place where the popular mortosport of spinning cars takes place in Hazyview.
In the Biblical context, Egypt symbolises the place where Jews were enslaved by Pharoah. They were later liberated by Moses to another land.
Two NGOs are heading to the Tshwane High Court to force government to respect the constitutional rights of people with regard to the air pollution being caused by Mpumalanga’s Sasol and Eskom power plants.