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Zuma should have condemned Tshwane protests: Maimane

Democratic Alliance (DA)  leader, Mmusi Maimane, has condemned the violence that erupted in Tshwane last week.

This follows days of unrest in some parts of Tshwane allegedly sparked by the African National Congress'(ANC) nomination of Thoko Didiza as its mayoral candidate for the Tshwane Metro. 

Maimane was briefing the media in Durban on the outcomes of their Federal Council in held in the port city.

Maimane says President Jacob Zuma should have said something about the violence that took place in Tshwane.

“We condemn violence. I think it’s actually quite shameful that the President has not said a thing about the violence in Tshwane since it erupted, and I made it quite clear that in the absence of leadership you end up in a circumstance with values of the country are being deteriorated… it’s not the will of the ANC to decide who the Mayor of Tshwane is going to be. It’s the will of the people, let the people vote, let the people decide but there cannot be burning of public property and certainly, there cannot be the instability that has mugged the City of Tshwane.”

The DA’s highest decision-making structure the Federal Council met in Durban over the weekend.

Among the issues discussed, was the party’s state of readiness ahead of the August 3 local government elections.

The DA Federal Chairperson, who is also the mayoral candidate for Nelson Mandela Bay, Athol Trollip, has challenged the ANC to have an open debate with their mayoral candidates so that voters can make informed decisions on who they will vote for in the upcoming local government elections.

He says, “Everybody is involved in this campaign that has been historic, as Mmusi Maimane said. We’ve put up millions of leaflets, pamphlets more posters and billboards than ever before; we knocked on more doors than ever before; we will continue to knock on every single door in every single community to make sure that our offer is put to every single voter who will make a decision about the future of their municipalities in our country on the third of August.”

The DA has condemned violent protests that erupted in areas where some communities were not satisfied with the ANC’s candidate nomination process.

Maimane has commended the South African Human Rights Commission for its decision to investigate the incident of racism that was reported in a Kwazulu Natal’s Sodwana Bay Guest House.

“I don’t believe racists speak for all South Africans. It cannot be true. Many South Africans actually want to live in a prosperous non-racial society, but when incidents of racism occur such as what occurred in Sodwana, we must all unite against it black, white, Indian, coloured; in not only condemning it, but also taking action.”

The party is optimistic that it will win more municipalities in the upcoming local government elections.

It says 21 of the 25 municipalities that it is currently running received clean audits in the last financial year.

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