Maimane made the call during the DA’s march for jobs to Mokonyane’s offices. He said the official opposition party would easily unseat the ANC in South Africa’s richest province on May 7, and create millions of jobs.
“I am going to ask you not to be rude to the people in that office, but to say goodbye to them because we will occupy that office,” Maimane said.
He was addressing thousands of DA members outside the building housing Mokonyane’s offices in downtown Johannesburg.
“We are here to tell Mokonyane and President Jacob Zuma that there is a better life in Nkandla. That life must come here in Gau-teng. Jobs cannot be only for the people who are connected to the ANC.”
The veranda of the building was cordoned off while police stood at the entrance. No one from the provincial government came out to respond to Maimane.
“Twenty years later we can’t say we have a good story to tell because people don’t have jobs,” Maimane told supporters.
“President Jacob Zuma’s cows have a better story to tell.”
Maimane attributed substance abuse to the lack of jobs in the province.
He said many unemployed youth were resorting to the use of drugs to vent their frustration.
He said the DA, if voted into power, would create fertile grounds for business development and the provision of title deeds to the people.
The DA march came three months after a march to the ANC headquarters was stopped by police, who cited security concerns.