The second SONA Debate of 2019 has kicked off in Parliament, and we mean it in every sense of the term. DA leader Mmusi Maimane wasted no time in tearing strips off of his opposite number, slamming Cyril Ramaphosa for being unable to carry out his mandate as president.
Maimane was the first person to reply to Ramaphosa’s address from last Thursday – a speech that has been maligned for being “something out of a fantasy”. Instead of indulging the president’s on his dreams of new cities and bullet trains, Mmusi actually decided to give the head of state a history lesson.
Mmusi Maimane blasts Cyril for “manure” problems
He referenced the invention of the car, and laughed at Cyril’s fantastical proposals – Maimane believes that South Africa doesn’t need a “faster horse”, because we’ll still be left with the manure…
“As major cities grew and developed, the tens of thousands of horses needed to transport people around had left the streets knee-deep in manure. Henry Ford’s new and affordable motorcar had replaced horses in the cities, the manure problem went away, and the course of history was changed forever.”
“But all President Ramaphosa could give us on Thursday was, to use another Henry Ford analogy, a faster horse. We don’t need a faster horse, Mr President, we need a bold plan to steer us towards the South Africa of the future.”
Maimane also gave the president a list of “reforms” he believes the ANC needs to follow in order to save the country from oblivion. The usual suspects – such as Eskom and corruption – appear on the list, with a few fresh ideas thrown in for good measure:
- Reform SOEs: Introduce IPPs to compete with Eskom, sell SAA to the highest bidder.
- Reform education: Introduce “charter schools”. These are partnership schools between the private sector and the public sector.
- Reform healthcare: Scrap NHI, and invest more in “smart health technology”
- Reform labour laws: Cut red tape and shake-up the tax system, bring in incentives for job creators.
- Reform the state: End cadre deployment. Accept the Bosasa allegations made against Ramaphosa.
- Reform the police: Allow provincial governments more control over policing.
- Reform property ownership: Speed up the delivery of title deeds – both urban and rural. Open up access to shares for more South Africans.
Watch Mmusi Maimane deliver his SONA Debate reply here:
— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) June 25, 2019