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We cannot allow drugs to steal the hope of our youth

Note to editors: The following was delivered by DA Leader Mmusi Maimane in eThekwini today after leading a march of thousands of young South Africans to the Phoenix Police Station, to commemorate Youth Day. My fellow South Africans, There is a good reason why we are at our most hopeful when we are young. It…

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Restoring our unity of purpose

The following statement was delivered by DA Leader Mmusi Maimane at a press conference in Johannesburg this morning. Helen Zille’s apology follows after the statement. When I was elected Leader of the Democratic Alliance two years ago, I received an overwhelming mandate to grow the party by bringing South Africans of all races together. Since…

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Knysna fires: Out of tragedy, we must rebuild together

The following remarks were delivered today by DA Leader Mmusi Maimane at a press conference in Brenton-on-sea, following the Leader’s visit to Knysna. Maimane was joined by the Mayor of Knysna, Cllr Eleanore Bouw-Spies. I have spent today in Knysna, visiting the communities of Concordia, White Location, Knysna Heights, Welbedacht, and Brenton, to meet with…

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If you want a better future, you must choose a better government

The following remarks were delivered by the DA Leader during a community meeting in Nokaneng, Mpumalanga. The Leader was joined by DA Mpumalanga Provincial Leader, James Masango, and DA Mpumalanga Provincial Chairperson, Jane Sithole. My fellow South Africans Thank you for welcoming me into your community. I come here as part of my Change19 tour, where I’ve…

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Hichilema’s treason trial an attack on democracy in Africa

Today, a decision was handed down in the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court that opposition leader, Hakainde Hichilema, is to be tried for treason in a Zambian High Court at an unspecified date. The Democratic Alliance condemns this decision, which is nothing but a political witch hunt by an increasingly threatened President Lungu. Mr Hichilema’s arrest and…

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ANC would not support budget proposals to help SA

The following speech was delivered in Parliament today by the DA’s Shadow Minister of Finance, David Maynier MP, during the debate on the Appropriations Bill 2017. The Appropriations Bill [B5-2017] provides for an appropriation of R767 billion, from the National Revenue Fund, to fund forty national departments, in 2017/18. We have powers, in terms of…

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Zuma’s ANC dumps our economy into recession

Today Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) has announced that South Africa’s economy is officially in recession, with GDP growth for Quarter 1 of 2017 down 0.7%, which follows a 0.3% contraction in Quarter 4 of 2016. It is the ANC that has led us to this point of economic collapse, where we have a “junk” economy…

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This ANC government has failed women and children

The following speech was delivered in Parliament today by the DA’s Shadow Minister of Police, Zakhele Mbhele MP, during the debate on violence against women and children. This debate is important because women and children in our country deserve to live in safe homes and to be able to walk in safe streets. This debate is…

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