What would South Africa look like under DA rule?

At Tuesday’s SONA debate in parly, Mmusi Maimane painted a picture of a South Africa under DA rule; with the Western Cape as example.



It’s been the case for years now, even back when Empress Zille ruled the Cape; but more and more we’re seeing the DA prepare South Africans for what they see as their inevitable victory over the ANC. Thing is, the majority of Mzanzi-folk need a lot more convincing.

Thankfully, Maimane’s DA has a track-record that reads like an overachieving high-school student body president’s resume.

“There is one part of our country moving in the right direction. It is a place where the life of each and every citizen matters.,” Maimane said.

“It is a place where the DA government cut the perks and privileges of politicians. Where the cost of ministerial vehicles was slashed in half, where blue light brigades were banned and economy class flights are the norm.”

“It is a place where over two thirds of the City of Cape Town’s budget is spent in poor communities, and where the poor receive the most generous package of free water and electricity in the entire country,” he said.

True to form and with good reason, the DA enthusiastically listed just some of the Western Cape’s awesome achievements including:

  • Having the strongest governance audit outcomes nationally
  • The lowest unemployment rate of all SA’s provinces
  • Highest matric pass rate in SA and,
  • The only province where the pass rate improved
  • Impoverished schools’ pass rate increased from 57% when the ANC governed the Western Cape to 73% under DA rule.

Maimane added that Zuma’s leadership has led to 8.3 million people losing their jobs.

“The time is coming soon when they will sweep you and your cronies out of office, and vote in a new government. A government committed to building a fair society, where every child has a chance to be the best they can be.”

“And when we deliver our inaugural State of the Nation Address, it will sound very different to yours, President Zuma,” he said.

The DA leader then went on to list some of the changes they would make, should the Alliance become the new ruling party.

According to Maimane the DA would:

  • Cut the size of the current cabinet in half, saving R4.7 billion
  • Privatise failing state owned enterprises, beginning with SAA and Eskom
  • Make South Africa a nation of entrepreneurs by cutting red tape and providing more support and training for small businesses
  • Improve Black Economic Empowerment so that it rewards companies that invest in their workers and create jobs
  • Turn Basic Education around by giving teachers the support and training they need
  • Increase National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) funding for poor students so that no qualifying student is denied further education because they cannot afford it
  • Make communities safer by putting 250,000 properly trained police officers on the streets
  • Fight gangsterism and drugs by re-instating the Narcotics Bureau and building more rehabilitation centres
  • Save R30 billion per year by cutting corruption and firing corrupt officials
  • Invest at least 10% of GDP in the infrastructure vital for economic growth
  • Dedicate an additional R10 billion to speed up land reform, provide training and support for emerging farmers, and roll out farm equity schemes that give workers ownership of the land they work on
  • Accelerate the issuing of title deeds to give people assets and redress past land ownership
  • Declare the drought a national disaster so that we can urgently protect food security.

“This is how we will build a safe, prosperous and inclusive South Africa, and prepare our country for a changing world,” said Maimane.