Mmusi Maimane launches scathing attack on the ANC

He says his move to vote ANC in the past and join politics in the DA was inspired by the former president.

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane at the party's closing elections rally at the Dobsonville Stadium on 30 July 2016. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane has launched a scathing attack on the African National Congress (ANC), saying it ceased to be the ANC of Nelson Mandela when President Jacob Zuma took over.

Maimane was addressing thousands of supporters at the party's Phetogo closing rally at the Dobsenville stadium.

He says the ANC has turned its back on everything Mandela stood for.

"Under Jacob Zuma, the ANC has become everything it once fought against. It has become an organisation that looks after the connected few."

Maimane says the DA will embrace the values of Mandela.

"Values of forgiveness, of kindness, of humanity. Madiba taught us that in fact we're better together."

He says his move to vote ANC in the past and join politics in the DA was inspired by the former president.

Meanwhile, the DA's mayoral candidates say it's time for the opposition to win major metros and municipalities in order to effect change and create more jobs, something the ANC hasn't been able to do.

Harley Davidson bikes, super bikes, a marching band and dancers led the DA's mayoral procession around the stadium with Tshwane's Solly Msimanga taking the lead.

Supporters screamed and cheered as the familiar faces passed them.

A banner saying "Dobsonville, the home of our leader Mmusi Maimane" is being carried around the stadium.

#DAFinalRally DA elections song. WATCH HERE CM

#DAFinalRally Maimane joined by other leaders On stage. WATCH HERE CM

#DAFinalRally DA leaders and mayoral candidates on state. CM


The DA leader says by voting next week, South Africans can reduce the power of the government that has betrayed its people.

"The people of this country have been betrayed by this government, they have voted for jobs and services but instead they get more unemployment and corruption. It is time that we do to the ANC what we did to the apartheid government."

Maimane says it is possible for his party to win in Tshwane, Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay and although the votes may be close, he can taste victory.

The stadium was packed to capacity with thousands of supporters wearing blue and cheering as Maimane called on them to make a different choice.