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8 Feb 2019
2:23 pm

Doesn’t matter who’s driving, ANC is a broken vehicle – Van Damme

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The MP firmly believes changing the president of the country while the ANC is the ruling party will not change a thing.

Qiniso and Phumzile Van Damme on the 2019 State of the Nation Address red carpet, parliament, Cape Town, 7 February 2019. Picture: Siyabulela Duda, GCIS

Democratic Alliance shadow minister of communications Phumzile van Damme has described the ANC as a broken car that is beyond repair. “You can change the driver, but it doesn’t mean that the car will keep moving,” she said, referring to the party.

Changing the president would not solve the problem according to Van Damme, as it was still the “same” broken vehicle.

Speaking outside parliament, Van Damme said the country had an ANC problem, not “a president problem”. She added that the DA was there to listen to what President Cyril Ramaphosa had to say, but still had their own plans and beliefs on the status of the country.

The party plans to have their manifesto rally on February 23, where they will outline their plans for the country after the elections. She described the election polls as interesting, following the recent registration weekend, and said the party was entirely focused on the future.

The MP hasn’t held back her verbal punches. She recently took on Western Cape Premier Helen Zille who threatened a tax revolt should the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture not prosecute those implicated in time.

Van Damme was responding to a column written by Zille, which provided reasons for a tax revolt. The confrontation was taken to Twitter where Van Damme posed several questions to the Western Cape premier, pointing out that Zille did not consult with her own party about the tax revolt proposal, but instead, decided to put it on a public platform.

Van Damme f0und it strange that Zille was not motivating people to cast their votes for change, but instead undermined all the “hard work” that she and the DA had put into their campaign.

She asked Zille if the revolt would apply to DA-led municipalities.

(Compiled by Gopolang Chawane)

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