The Democratic Alliance (DA) criticised President Jacob Zuma’s speech during the African National Congress (ANC)’s 105th birthday celebration.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane said the speech was the “the tell-tale last gasp of a dying organisation”, he then said it was also proof that the ANC is beyond the point of no return.
“It is an out-of-touch and divided party that is unable to self-correct, and is passed the point of no return,” said Maimane.
Maimane in a statement also slammed the party for celebrating their birthday in a “lavish” manner, saying the ANC prioritises lavish celebrations rather than creating employment.
“While the ANC celebrates in lavish style today, we live in a country where 9 million of our people are without work, and have given up any hope of finding a job,” the Leader said.
“We live in a deeply unfair and unequal society, where the colour of your skin still determines your chances of succeeding in life. And this is only worsened by the ANC who run a dishonest government, putting their friends first and the people of South Africa last,” he added.
Maimane also touched on ANC’s succession debate, saying while the organisation focuses on electing a new president, the ANC is exposing that no reform in the party is possible.
Recently the ANC, its Leagues and Alliances have been at loggerheads as the groups have nominated different candidates to succeed Zuma.
The Congress of the South African Trade Unions (COSATU) together with other alliances which do not have the rights to vote for a successor, have nominated ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.
While the ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) and ANC Youth League (ANCYL) have lobbied behind Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
Maimane said no change of leadership will repair the ANC from what it has become. He then said the DA is the only hope for a better South Africa.
“Whatever happens in December 2017, the ANC will remain committed to corruption, insider trading and unemployment. The DA is the only hope for a better South Africa,” said Maimane.