The race to come out on top at the polls later this year has begun in earnest with political parties using today’s state of the nation debate to draw blood from their rivals.President Cyril Ramaphosa announced last week during his second state of the nation address that he intended for elections to take place on May 8.
MPs interrogated Ramaphosa’s commitments on land education and Eskom.The first speaker of the day, ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu, did not hold back, labelling the DA as racist and accusing the Economic Freedom Fighters of being a two-man dictatorship.“The irony of a party which refers to itself as the Democratic Alliance repeatedly silencing vocal black women is indicative of their true nature, which is a white-male-dominated party only concerned with protecting and entrenching white privilege.
The DA fronts black faces to pursue the agenda of the white privileged minority to the detriment of the black majority,” Mthembu said.“The common denominator between the DA and their alliance partner, the EFF, is that they are both male-dominated. The EFF is a two-man dictatorship where you are fired without due process for merely disagreeing with the dictatorship of the two.
In fact, since 2014, the EFF has gotten rid of 19 members of Parliament and a countless number of councillors.”The leader of the opposition, Mmusi Maimane, took his chance to take shots at Ramaphosa, saying that his words were empty as he was not in charge of his party.“It is the ANC of [Supra] Mahumapelo, [David] Mabuza, [Ace] Magashule and Jacob Zuma.
We judge a man by the company he keeps,” Maimane said.