THE OLD ANC IS DEAD, SAYS MAIMANE

THE OLD ANC IS DEAD, SAYS MAIMANE

For all intents and purposes, the ANC has ceased to exist, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said. 

Addressing DA supporters, activists, and journalists at the Waaihoek Wesleyan Church in Bloemfontein, “where the ANC of yesteryear was born”, Maimane said the DA was gathering at the historic venue to bid farewell to an organisation that changed the course of South Africa’s history. 

The ANC was founded more than a century ago in a schoolroom at a church. 

Maimane said: “Earlier this year the party celebrated its 104th birthday, but for all intents and purposes it has ceased to exist. Because beyond the logo, the colours, and the slogans, the ANC of 2016 bears no resemblance to the movement that played such an important role in liberating black South Africans from the illegitimate and cruel apartheid government. 

“Under Jacob Zuma’s self-serving leadership – and assisted by a party whose senior figures had acquired an unquenchable taste for wealth and power – it took just years to dismantle a century of toil and sacrifice.” 

“As the official opposition, it is perhaps not expected of us to mourn the demise of our biggest political opponents, but we’re not blind to the invaluable contribution made by former leaders of the ANC in years gone by.” 

“In Nelson Mandela Bay, the ANC is launching its 2016 election manifesto. They will undoubtedly put on an impressive show, filling out the stadium with thousands of supporters in the party colours. But don’t let this fool you into thinking they’re a healthy organisation. The old ANC is dead, the new one is something entirely different. This is South Africa’s loss.” 

“The DA remains the only political party which can bring change to the people of South Africa.” Maimane said. 

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Weekend Argus