‘The Guptas don't have the power to hire, fire politicians’

Mmusi Maimane says there’s been an increase in corruption starting at the very top.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane interacts with supporters at the Rand stadium in Johannesburg on 23 April 2016 for the party's official manifesto launch for the 2016 local government elections. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNEBSURG - Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane says South Africans have the power to create change and to hire and fire politicians, not the Guptas.

Maimane delivered the key note address at the party's election manifesto launch at Rand Stadium in Johannesburg this afternoon.

The Gupta family and its ties to President Jacob Zuma have been under the spotlight recently with allegations that they influenced cabinet appointments.

The DA leader emphasised the importance of the Constitution, saying President Zuma was found to have broken the Constitution and the law.

He says there's been an increase in corruption starting at the very top and now South Africans must decide what's best for their future.

"This is your power in any democracy. It's the power to change things, you are the people who hire politicians and not the Guptas."

Maimane went into detail about certain municipalities that still use bucket toilets, have no electricity and sewage running through the streets.

#DAManifesto Stadium clearing out quickly after Maimane's speech. GN pic.twitter.com/UMFnv7iSUt

He says government has failed to provide the most basic services to the people and now it's time for change.

Meanwhile, Midvaal Mayor Bongani Baloyi says R10 billion has been invested in the area by the private sector and he believes it's because the metro is run by the DA.

Baloyi says the only DA run metro in Gauteng is doing well.

"A combination of good governance and proper management of public funds has attracted an increased investor confidence into our municipality, which has led to more than R10 billion invested by the private sector in Midvaal."

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille told supporters she believes the DA is the best party to provide better services but admits Cape Town also faces challenges that need to be addressed.