Planet Zuma: Somewhere in a galaxy far, far away

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The following speech was delivered by the DA Leader on day 1 of the State of the Nation Address (SONA) Debate.

Madam Speaker

President and Deputy President

Honourable Members

Fellow South Africans

Bagaetsho

Dumelang

Molweni

Goeiemiddag

 

Before I begin, I would like to offer my thoughts and prayers to the families of the workers trapped underground at the Lily Mine in Mpumalanga.

We cannot begin to imagine your pain and anguish these past eleven days. We stand with you as a nation, and I hold you and your loved ones in my prayers.

 

Madam Speaker,

Last week, while razor wire was going up around Parliament, and stun grenades were dispersing the crowds, the President was tucked safely away, somewhere on Planet Zuma.

Planet Zuma is a place in a parallel universe, far, far away from the lives of ordinary South Africans.

Planet Zuma is a place where a swimming pool is called a fire pool.

It is a place where all the continents of the world fit into Africa.

It is a place where the Finance Minister flies economy class, but the president buys himself a R4 billion jet.

Planet Zuma is a place where a President can replace an excellent Finance Minister with a backbencher that nobody has ever heard of.

It is a place where an international fugitive wanted for genocide is welcomed and given refuge.

Planet Zuma is a place where young people who stand up for their right to learn are dismissed as part of a “third force” and charged with treason.

It is a place where mineworkers can be massacred by the police, without apology and without compensation for their families.

Planet Zuma is where our President lives, in a galaxy far, far away from the lives of ordinary South Africans.

In his speech on Thursday, we learned more about Planet Zuma than the country we live in.

On Planet Zuma, there is no jobs crisis. This is why, in the President’s speech, we didn’t hear anything about the 8.3 million South Africans who are jobless.

On Planet Zuma, all children have access to a quality education. This must be why the President didn’t mention basic education once.

On Planet Zuma, our state owned enterprises are, in the words of the President, “performing well”.

And, on Planet Zuma, every problem can be solved by setting up a Committee, a Task Team or a Commission of Inquiry.

Madam Speaker, the President lived up to our expectations on Thursday. We expected to hear the empty words of a man out of touch with the people. And that is what we got.

We knew what to expect, but we came to listen anyway, and we stayed until the bitter end.

Because this is what the South African people expect of us. They expect us to be here, in this Parliament, making it work.

Let me be clear: we came to listen to the President out of respect for the Constitution and the office he holds. But we did not come out of respect for Jacob Zuma.

We cannot respect a man who puts himself and his rich friends first while the people of this country suffer.

We cannot respect the man personally responsible for the building of Nkandla and the firing of Nhlanhla.

Madam Speaker, Jacob Zuma is not an honourable man. Because, if he was an honourable man, he would do the honourable thing and resign.

The President is not alone on Planet Zuma. Its gravitational pull is so strong that the entire ANC has been sucked into its orbit, and it cannot escape.

The party that was once the defender of freedom has now become the defender of just one man.

Make no mistake: there are many good people in the ANC, and many of them sit here on these benches. And there are still some excellent Cabinet Ministers who do a good job in difficult circumstances.

So, when the President spoke on Thursday night, we could see how painful it was for the honourable members seated on my right.

We noticed the glum faces and muted applause on the ANC benches.

We saw Cabinet members wince as the President laboured his way through his speech.

And who can blame them?

Every honourable member on this side of the House knows the damage that this man is doing to this country, and their party.

But not one of you has the guts to speak out against what is happening. It is, quite simply, a failure of leadership. You should be ashamed.

In 1983, the great novelist, Chinua Achebe, said the following about his native Nigeria:

“The trouble with Nigeria is simply and squarely a failure of leadership. There is nothing basically wrong with the Nigerian character. There is nothing wrong with the Nigerian land or climate or water or air or anything else. The Nigerian problem is the unwillingness or inability of its leaders to rise to the responsibility, to the challenge of personal example, which are the hallmarks of true leadership.”

Mr Achebe could have been writing about our own country.

Because there is nothing wrong with the South African character. There is nothing wrong with our country and the people who live here. But there is a lot wrong with our leadership.

Mr President, let us rewind to a few days before the State of the Nation Address, when your Nkandla case was heard in the Constitutional Court.

You weren’t physically in the dock, but you may as well have been. You were on trial for subverting our Constitution, corrupting our Parliament, undermining the Office of the Public Protector and violating your own oath of office.

After all those years of stalling, lying, ducking and diving, it took the Court just hours to unravel your web of defiance and deceit.

Through a string of extraordinary concessions in court, your legal team effectively relegated your caucus to its current position: under the proverbial bus.

Before that bench of esteemed judges there was simply nowhere to hide.

Now that you have been exposed in the nation’s highest court, it remains to be determined how much you will pay.

But here’s the thing: whatever the amount, it will be nothing compared to what the people of this country have already paid for your presidency.

Instead of redressing the structural inequalities of apartheid, you built yourself a big house on the backs of poor South Africans.

Instead of breaking down the barriers that keep young, black people excluded from the economy, you introduced BEE codes that keep empowering the connected few.

And, instead of dismantling Bantu Education, you have allowed the education of the African child to deteriorate.

The people who have paid the highest price of all are the people who can least afford it.

Every single poor child still stuck in our failing education system, who will never escape the poverty trap in their lifetime. You cost them their future, President Zuma.

The 8.3 million South Africans who cannot find work have paid more for you than you will ever know. They paid for you with their dreams.

I know, because we’ve heard their heartbreaking stories.

Amabali afana nebali lika Themba Lukhoto oneminyaka engamashumi amabini anesithoba ochaza ishumi leminyaka  lokuswela umsebenzi nanjengelona xesha libi ngakumbi kunentolongo.

(Stories like that of like 29 year-old Themba Lukhoto who describes a decade of unemployment as worse than prison)

Or 41 year-old Robert van Wyngaardt who lost both his legs and has been without work for the past six years. He and his unemployed wife struggle to provide for their little daughter and can’t make a living on a social grant.

Or 28 year-old Cherice Minnaar who has a college diploma but has been unemployed for the past six months. She feels her children deserve a better mother because she cannot raise them on love and water.

Kgotsa Mbusi Cele wa dingwaga dile some-a-mane le bobedi, o nang le Masters degree mme geisi a bone tiro mo dingwageng dile pedi. Are o setse a inelletse mo botshelong.

(Or 42 year-old Mbusi Cele who hold a Masters degree but hasn’t had a job in two years now. He says he has lost the will to live)

And there are many more just like them. We couldn’t fit all 8.3 million into this book, but here are some of their stories. They are the people this government forgot.

I believe every person has a conscience, Mr President. My question is: how do you live with yours?

You call yourself a champion of poor black South Africans.

You talk big about the twin evils of racism and structural racial inequality.

So why then, Mr President, do you govern as though black lives don’t matter?

Why do you govern for the elite few, and not for the many who live in poverty?

President Zuma, we are acutely aware of the structural legacy of Apartheid.

We know that unemployment, poverty and inequality is a result of a deeply unfair history of exclusion and oppression.

But your job is to fix it. Not overnight. Nobody is expecting miracles. We just expect our country to move in the right direction.

Fellow South Africans,

There is one part of our country moving in the right direction. It is a place where the life of each and every citizen matters.

It is a place where the structural inequalities of the past are being rolled back.

It is a place where, every day, progress is made towards a fair society.

It is a place where the DA government cut the perks and privileges of politicians. Where the cost of ministerial vehicles was slashed in half, where blue light brigades were banned and economy class flights are the norm.

And please note, President Zuma, these cost-cutting measures weren’t implemented because the economy was in meltdown. They were implemented because we don’t think politicians are more important than other people.

It is a place where over two thirds of the City of Cape Town’s budget is spent in poor communities, and where the poor receive the most generous package of free water and electricity in the entire country.

Dis ’n plek waar die regering vir al die mense werk.

(It’s a place where the government works for all the people)

It is a place where, to grow the economy and create jobs, the government focuses on getting the fundamentals right: clean government, policy certainty, infrastructure development, support for entrepreneurs and aggressive targeting of investment.

A place where fewer people are unemployed and more people are hopeful of finding a job.

It is a place where the inequities in the health system are finally being undone – not by unaffordable new schemes that will bankrupt the system, but by sound, clean government that delivers better healthcare for the poor.

A place where the first new hospitals built by the DA government were in Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain – areas neglected for two decades by the ANC.

It is a place where getting the basics right pays dividends. Where the matric pass rate improved last year to 84.7% – the highest in South Africa – while the pass rates in every other province declined.

It is a place where the pass rate in schools in the most impoverished areas increased from 57% under the ANC to 73% under the DA.

A place where this year, for the first time, every matriculant who passed qualified for access to some form of tertiary education, and half of them for university entrance.

Mr President, while you and your cronies are on Planet Zuma, we are here where the people are. We are improving people’s lives, step by step and day by day.

And we are making progress.

James Baldwin, the renowned American novelist and civil rights activist, once said: “The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose”.

Mr President, your neglect has created a society of 8.3 million jobless people, many with nothing left to lose.

The time is coming soon when they will sweep you and your cronies out of office, and vote in a new government. A government committed to building a fair society, where every child has a chance to be the best they can be.

And when we deliver our inaugural State of the Nation Address, it will sound very different to yours, President Zuma.

We will announce a number of measures to turn our economy around and lift people out of poverty.

We will cut the size of your bloated cabinet in half, saving R4.7 billion.

We will privatise our failing state owned enterprises, beginning with SAA and Eskom who guzzle billions of Rands every year.

We will make South Africa a nation of entrepreneurs by cutting red tape and providing more support and training for small businesses.

We will improve Black Economic Empowerment so that it rewards companies that invest in their workers and create jobs, instead of simply re-empowering the same connected individuals.

We will turn Basic Education around before we lose another generation of black children. We’ll do so by giving teachers the support and training they need to equip our children to compete in the global knowledge economy.

We will increase NSFAS funding for poor students so that no qualifying student is denied further education because they cannot afford it.

We will make communities safer by putting 250,000 properly trained police officers on the streets.

We will fight gangsterism and drugs by re-instating the Narcotics Bureau and building more rehabilitation centres.

We will save R30 billion per year by cutting corruption and firing corrupt officials.

We will invest at least 10% of GDP in the infrastructure vital for economic growth.

We will dedicate an extra R10 billion to speed up land reform, provide training and support for emerging farmers, and roll out farm equity schemes that give workers ownership of the land they work on.

We will accelerate the issuing of title deeds to give people assets and redress past land ownership.

And we will declare the drought a national disaster so that we can urgently protect our food security.

Because we understand that helping our farming communities is more important than buying new cars for traditional leaders, or remodeling ministers’ offices.

This is how we will build a safe, prosperous and inclusive South Africa, and prepare our country for a changing world.

We will harness the full potential of the South African people. Because, against all odds, ordinary people are achieving extraordinary things.

It’s the teacher who works hard every day to uplift poor children.

It’s the policeman who risks his life to safeguard his community.

It’s the entrepreneur who must battle impossible regulations to keep her business afloat.

It’s the unemployed parent who doesn’t stop looking for a way to take care of her family.

Imagine what they could do if they had a government that worked for them instead of against them.

Mr President, in your parallel universe I’m sure your State of the Nation speech would have been just fine. But here, in the real world, it just didn’t cut it.

On Planet Zuma you can pretend the schools are working, that investors are lining up and state owned enterprises are thriving. But in the real world, none of those things are true.

On Planet Zuma you can carry on dismissing the aspirations of young, black South Africans. You can keep on betraying their hopes for a brighter future, and govern as if their lives don’t matter. But here in the real world, each one of those lives really matters.

Here in the real world we need a President and a government that serve all the people of South Africa.

We need a President with a vision, and the power to unite people – black and white – in striving for this vision. Because we are better together. We prosper together.

We need a President who is an example to his government, and to the nation.

We need a President who is in touch with the people.

We need a President who puts the people first, and himself last.

You, sir, are not that President.

I thank you.

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  • Rikesh Ishwarlall

    Sir, your speech echoes the sentiments of the millions & millions of like minded people, even if some are too ashamed to admit it. Let me remind them that there is no shame in changing your mind, I did. We have to progress as individuals & as a nation and that can only happen if we advocate change. Change from the current supreme autocracy where the whole ANC has to work to protect one man !

  • Dynamite Dan

    A speech that truly gives hope, thank you (future) Pres Maimane!
    I really hope and wish that your words will reach every single person in this country.
    The DA need to step-up their campaign in rural areas.

    • leeann

      Ooo I like the sound of that!

  • Lucy Afarensis

    What really, really hurts, is that this subject still holds the title “President”. That decent and upright people still have to refer to him as “President”. There are many things one could call this man, but the one most unsuitable is “President”…I hope that this title will one day again stand for a person that deserves it!

  • Norma Maloney

    A great speech sir, a speech that gives us hope, a speech that tells the country exactly where the fault lies, at the feet of Zuma and the ANC. I only have one suggestion, please refer to the people of South Africa, not as black and white,
    please use people of all colours & cultures, we are the Rainbow Nation are we not. Thousands of skilled white people are leaving our shores because of whites being overlooked for an unskilled black person, this sir means that those skills that we need are not available to pass on to the masses. One of the reasons we are struggling with Eskom, and other state enterprises. White teachers were replaced with unskilled teachers as in other state owned enterprises like health care etc. It is now apartheid in reverse, it is time to place the past in the past history and work together to turn our nation around and to make South Africa the greatest nation that it can and will be. You sir have my vote.

  • Phelamanga

    It is heartening that Maimane has set the the tone of the DA’s election drive by talking about the achievements of the DA government in the Western Cape. The DA needs to gear up and move away from bashing the ANC and start talking policy. They should talk about the inherent dangers of socialism and they should definitely talk about the disastrous consequences of communism. There are many examples to refer to. They must talk about the disastrous consequences of uncontrolled, militant unionism and the state capture by unions of essential services like education and health. Today’s SA is in the state it is in purely because of what the ANC has allowed its alliance partners to do. That’s what the people and the world wants to hear.

    • leeann

      And If I read correctly he stated that in his speech. Common man, stop being blind and stubborn for as you know yourself the ANC has nothing good in store for our nation. With Mr. Mandela we had a winning ANC party through and through but the current representatives has drag the ANC flag and Mandela’s name in the mud. Change is about to come my friend

      • Phelamanga

        That is exactly what is being referred to. The change will either be the declaration of a one-party state with the Zuma dynasty as the perpetual heirs, as in North Korea, or a one party-state in which the present black BEE monopoly capital elites control the centre of the government, or the nation can be made aware that our democracy is under threat and that a drastic change is needed to prevent the state capture of a wealthy, corrupt, self-interested elite. As it is, the elites within the top echelon of the SACPanc are almost all related either through blood or marriage, and their children are benefiting at the expense of the majority of the population.

      • chimera_85

        Even Mbeki reflected what the anc used to stand for

  • walif_p

    Dab on that, fire. Meaning I can respect his speech because he was speaking just truth!!!

  • bongojim

    Fantastic speech. Those are heartening numbers from the Cape. It CAN be done!
    We had such a president once. May God grant us another who can walk in Madiba’s shoes.

    • leeann

      I’m with you my friend!

  • leeann

    Your speech is what we want as we used to have it jn the times of my idol Nelson Mandela. What he talked he did. He’s word were never cheap and I pray that God will bring us him back in spirit to our party. Like you said we must lead with example and there is only one way to go and that’s the right way. There should be no grey areas, there’s only black and white, no grey areas for the grey areas is where the corruption comes into place. I can’t express or applause your speach enough for this is one thing that makes me proud to be an South African. Do as Mandela did, he gave he’s life for the people and Mmusi Maimane I’m going to keep this speech of yours and if you stray out of the way you will hear it again from me. If I have to make a statement in the newspaper to remind you what you talked on behalf of my nation the day that DA RULES. I say that with confidence because it’s time for change and we need change ASAP. I will give my life to campaign for a party that honour their commitment to our nation like you talked on the on your SONY debate and best of all you didn’t come with fancy words you talked in layman words so everyone can understand you and I hope their eyes and ears have opened. The ANC is not what it used to be with President Nelson Mandela, he will turn in his grave to see what it has become too, everything he struggled for is eliminated by our greedy president Zuma. The ones in parliament who still support him has to because I have a gut feeling that they were paid to sit there and keep quiet which is a pity. EFF, I’m sorry my brothers but the way you handle yourself shows that you don’t have discipline, strategic plans for our future so there’s no way in hell I’ll vote for you guys even though you were right at some instances but your behaviour is uncalled for. Therefore Helen Zille, Mmusi Maimane and Patricia De Lille in God’s name it’s your turn to take over the reigns and drive our country with so many potential in the long and narrow road. Don’t let money overpower your initial plans for our country. I salute you and will be behind you all the way but please be aware when you rule that we as a nation will watch your every move to go to the right direction. Btw, you just talk about black and white…what about us as coloured’s. We are a mixture of the black and white so next time refer to us as coloured’s for I’ve been one for 34 years and that’s how I grew up. But I’m a solid South African. God bless you in your endeavours.

    • Mulweli Mathagu

      Nice speech by Mmusi, indeed he has valid points and vision of SA. Poverty in SA is so rife but then the biggest problem we have is inequality. We all know that poverty doesnt cause crime, inequality does. If we could find justice on how to distribute wealth evenly in SA then a lot of problems would be solved. For instance, right now at the moment one can find an employee pocketing R50 mil per annum and in that very same company one pockets less than R40 K per annum. I am not preaching for communism but then it is problems like that that should be solved. It is sad to know that only the EFF has concrete plans compared to all this other parties on how to heal this racial privileges, maybe one should join EFF in order to strengthen their leadership. I honestly do not trust Julius Malema, but then he seems to be the only leader mentioning this issue with courage. I also have a Chemical engineering degree from Wits, but I am unemployed.

      • Biloko

        Mulweli Mathagu, Re the employee getting a R50 Million per annum, and another employee in the same company getting only R40 K (who is perhaps doing a very similar job as his colleague), I would guess that the first employee is an ANC Cadre put into position by his party, and the second employee is an “ordinary Joe” South African i.e. someone who is not “connected”.

        Hopefully, in future, people will be employed on their own merits and experience, and there will be no more parachuting of ANC Cadres into companies and SOEs…

  • Mam B Princy Rasegoete

    I am a 29 years old female and I am already worried about the kind of leaders Zuma is creating, it brought tears to my eyes listening to the ANCYL president the other week… my word !young active young somebody’s cannot even tell when wrong is being done because they are trained in the ANC that they support each other even in their corrupt ways. I am scared that even when JZ steps down really what is he leaving behind. He really has ruined our future generation and it is saddening.

    • Mulweli Mathagu

      I share the same sentiments with you…This country is in need of leadership in its true sense. My biggest worry with the DA is that white supremacy is not something that they openly talk about.

      • leeann

        I know what you feel, as a coloured, where does it leaves us. We just have to take the risk and see if they’ll make us happy. They mos not going to be there forever so they have to prove themselves to us and with God’s wishes they will make us proud. If not, you know what we can do as a country. Remember they just represent us because without us there’s no country for them to fight for so we have to make the right choices

      • Mam B Princy Rasegoete

        I hear you Mulweni but i also believe that when we were busy worrying about colours we lost our country. Look not that I am a member of the Day but they as well fought for democracy including the whites that we so fear to vote for.
        They have never been given a chance how can u know what they can do our country. It’s very same principle that sickens and varsity graduate that is unemployed all because they don’t who will they acquirer the necessary experience when u don’t want to give them a chance. We would rather go for what we know even if its not working for us just because we fear the unknown. That is what landed us where we currently are “glorified spectators of planet Zuma”

        • Mulweli Mathagu

          ” i also believe that when we were busy worrying about colours we lost our country”…I do not know if you realize how powerful that statement is….the transition from apartheid to a constitutional democracy ushered in hopeful expectation among poor citizens of SA who were victimized by a racial economic system. 22 years later, poor citizens still find themselves poor due to such racial economic segregation.

          I am not affiliated to any political party and I never saw the importance of voting before. Now I am in a state where I want to vote but then this begs the question of whom I should vote for

      • Kevin Immelman

        It will not be long before the number of black South Africans supporting the DA outnumber the whites (if it hasn’t happened already) and this will change the face of the party. The principles of the party will ensure that ALL South Africans will prosper.

        • Mulweli Mathagu

          i like the way you put it…DA is an evolving party i guess. Nice one

  • veroniquepalmer

    Great speech indeed! I just hope it’s not all window dressing just to get you into the hot seat. I hope you actually live up to your promises, because this country and its people can be unstoppable if you do.

  • chimera_85

    This man gives me hope for South Africa.

  • Anthony Norman

    I feel that the real reason we are a failed state is because of the nature of our competitive democracy, all it has actually achieved is creating a Tribal Chief to lead a once proud nation who created many of the worlds firsts, to actually a lot of the worlds lasts…

    Will a DA government really change anything? Can they truly satisfy the 5 different worlds in South Africa, from the poorest of poor to Multi Billionaires? Or is this country doomed to fail no matter which way we go?

    Talk is cheap and honesty a currency worth its weight in gold, show us proof that you can make people proud and you can get my vote

  • KayCee

    ….and that’s how you hold Parliament and the Executive accountable?

  • Zane Van Rooyen

    As I sit here with new found hope for this country, I ask, please can you secure a full page in all print news publications and have this message printed. It is essential that ALL South Africans get to read this and not just those of us privileged to be on-line. Far too often those who need to hear this level of clarity never gets the opportunity to. I ask you will all our futures in your hands. Thank you.

    • Wouter Tichelaar

      I totally agree!

    • Biloko

      Not just in print publications – these words should be seen on huge posters everywhere! And in some places, these posters should be in the local language, so that as many people as possible can read this message of hope ….

  • André

    Great speech but what good does it do when it falls on deaf ears?

  • Mulweli Mathagu

    I also have a Chemical engineering degree from Wits and I am unemployed.

    Nice speech by Mmusi, indeed he has valid points and vision of SA. Poverty in SA is so rife but then the biggest problem we have is inequality. We all know that poverty doesnt cause crime, inequality does. If we could find justice on how to distribute wealth evenly in SA then a lot of problems would be solved. For instance, right now at the moment one can find an employee pocketing R50 mil per annum and in that very same company one pockets less than R40 K per annum. I am not preaching for communism but then it is problems like that that should be solved. It is sad to know that only the EFF has concrete plans compared to all this other parties on how to heal this racial privileges, maybe one should join EFF in order to strengthen their leadership. I honestly do not trust Julius Malema, but then he seems to be the only leader mentioning this issue with courage. The DA must revisit their policies as soon as possible.

    • leeann

      Remember, that Julius was also one who had that luxurious lifestyle and how to influence people through money. I don’t think he will change. He was just as selfish as our current president. Don’t ever think he now all of a sudden gonna change, he will just repeat history and our rich, beautiful land will be the laughing stock of the world. Hell no, we need leaders now that we in future can hold accountable for all their actions. Make no mistake, they will practice what they preach and we as the country should stand by them and watch their every move!!!! Do DA you have my vote bt beware. We want change and we as a nation will trace every step you do for we cannot afford that this beautiful land with his rainbow nation go through this hell we had after Madiba!!! Viva Madiba viva, Pantse zuma Pantse!!! Hope I spelled it right! Need to catch up with my countries languages as you can see bt you know what I mean

      • Mulweli Mathagu

        If I may ask why is Mandela such a big hero for you?

        • leeann

          That is my (and I take ownership) my hero. He were the best leader any land can only pray for…like now. For a leader leads by example, like he did, I remember the day when he sat on the stadium with his bokke jersey on, showing everybody that he want change. Many people hated him still that time but a lot has love him to his grave. He had balls!!! He will look his enemy in the face with a smile. If someone had to smack him I know on my life that he will give the other cheek as well and that will make his opponent to think and feel ashamed. He wanted us all to be free, a beautiful rainbow nation that has integrity, respect for one another, treat each and everyone as equals because of my point of view we are all human, we all need to do a nr.2 irrespective your wealth or status, we must assist each other in times of need never mind the colour of our faces, we all have hearts and we all have a voice. A voice to say stop! This is enough, the land belong to us the people of our country and we want effective leadership and cammaraderie. Stop the fighting and selfishness and expand our country with all its rich full resources so we can be wayyyyy better than America and other developt lands so that other countries can be dependent on us too. I always wish to have the power to uplift this land to its potential and let me tell you this. Our belated president wanted it like that.

    • Biloko

      Mulweli, if you “honestly do not trust Julius Malema”, even if you feel he has courage on certain issues (which I acknowledge he does have), then perhaps you should look around for another leader who strikes you as trustworthy, a leader with a good track record, a leader who wants to create more jobs created at all levels of society. My heart aches at the thought of the millions who seek employment but cannot find it. And my heart breaks when I think of the millions of SAfricans who go to bed hungry. My heart breaks at the thought of the many schoolchildren who are being let down by their schools and education, thus depriving them of the better future they long for.

      In the end, I believe that we are brothers and sisters under the colour of our skins, and I am convinced that we all sharethe same wishes:

      – a roof over our head;
      – food on the table;
      – a better future for our children.

  • Satish Soni

    Fantastic speech! if only the rest of the DA leadership believes it….

  • Shev

    I agree, the speech is amazing and just what have hoped for, but on another note and please don’t think of this as racial for the love of god, many people will, no I just want to point out yes it will help our black children have a brighter future and matriculants as well, but what about the white child or person and to those who have no matric or fancy diploma, those who had to drop out of high school for different reasons and can not afford to go back, or get a fancy diploma or degree, are they going to be swept under the rug forgotten, what future do they have?

  • apparatchick

    Fantastic speech… to the point, on point and on par with world leaders.

  • roush

    the ANC must bring the elections,we want to see how many metros they are going to loose and the race card they are playing is so dumb,its a sign of pure racists panicking,lol.

  • Jonathan

    It is interesting to see how much trust we place in individuals and leaders and downplay our role as individuals, families and communities.

    I firmly believe that it is people who change systems. History has shown it time and again that governments do the least to bring about change and improve the overall situation. Who brought colonial rule to an end in South Africa? The People of South Africa. Who brought Apartheid to an end? The People of South Africa. Who will bring corruption in the current government to an end? The People of South Africa.

    Government leadership is a vehicle, not an end. We all know that emotions drive politics, but I would like to see a more holistic approach.