Ngwako Modjadji
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17 Jul 2015
11:00 am

DA calls for new power bloc to challenge ANC

Ngwako Modjadji

The DA is calling for the formation of a new bloc to challenge the ANC-led alliance.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane. Picture: Alaister Russell

Addressing a British Chamber of Business in Southern Africa event in Johannesburg last night, DA MP Toby Chance said: “We need a new alliance. We need to restructure so the tripartite alliance breaks up and unleashes creativity.” The DA has hinted coalitions with other parties are the future. This appears to be a bid to reduce ANC dominance.

At the event, DA leader Mmusi Maimane criticised the ANC and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), accusing them of destroying parliament. He said the EFF was “grandstanding” on the Nkandla scandal and was no closer to holding President Jacob Zuma to account on the security upgrades at his private homestead.

“If the EFF were to stop doing what they do, the only noticeable difference would be that parliament would cease to be disrupted and some work would get done. We have seen the disregard for the sanctity of parliament by both the ruling party and the EFF.”

The DA leader said the ANC’s “greatest crime” was not Nkandla but that it has failed South Africans in the sphere of education.

He also accused Zuma of failing to lead the racial reconciliawtion conversation. “Racial reconciliation in the country was led by great icons like former president Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.”

He said the ANC could not be trusted to do the right thing when it came to contesting free and fair elections and protecting the constitution. “For Zuma and his cronies, staying in power and staying out of court far outweigh any obligation to uphold our constitution and apply the rule of law.”

He said the ANC’s cadre deployment has destroyed state institutions. “We have seen it in the way our chapter nine institutions are brought under the influence of the ruling faction of the ANC through strategic cadre deployment.

“Only if these institutions function properly and independently can our economy flourish, can businesses succeed and can our country thrive.”