Opposition leader Mmusi Maimane had strong words for President Cyril Ramaphosa while debating his second state of the nation address (Sona), which took place on Thursday night. In parliament on Tuesday afternoon, Maimane told the president he was not the one in charge of the country, and that it was rather his party, the ANC, in charge of him.
This mattered, he claimed, because former president Jacob Zuma allegedly still holds sway over the ANC. “It’s them who are in charge, not you,” said Maimane, pointing at the ANC caucus. “That’s why you love spending time oversees, because there the ANC is not around,” he continued.
According to Maimane, when Ramaphosa was in Davos “and being interviewed by foreign press” he cold “say whatever” he liked, but on return he was met with the ANC of people such as Deputy President David Mabuza, reinstated North West chairperson Supra Mahumapelo and ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule. “That’s the ANC that is in charge,” he added. READ MORE: WATCH: Ramaphosa calls Ace Magashule his ‘boss … without him I am nothing’ At this point, an ANC MP raised a point of order, calling on Maimane to refer to Mabuza “in an appropriate manner”, after which Maimane corrected himself, referring to him as Deputy President David Mabuza.
Maimane continued to allege that the ANC the president led was “still the ANC of Jacob Zuma”. “They disagree with you on every policy,” he said. “They believe in nationalisation of land, the nationalisation of mines, and the nationalisation of the Reserve Bank,” he said.
“They know you are not joking when you said of Deputy President David Mabuza, this is my boss, the real boss, without him I am nothing,” he continued, referring incorrectly to a video in which Ramaphosa does indeed say those words, but in reference to Ace Magashule, not Mabuza.