Troublesome tweets deals in the dark and an apparent shift in economic policies have all brought negative attention to the official opposition party and the Democratic Alliance (DA) is left scrambling to present a united front.
One man has to convince South Africans that the DA has its act together. Mmusi Maimane maintains that the DA is focused on the presidential election despite the various scandals affecting the party.
Maimane said he would like to shift away from the issue of Helen Zille’s most recent social media misstep, allow the Equality Court to deal with it and move forward.
He said the point of the tweet was to explain that despite Trump’s reputation he had managed to achieve a lot of his promises. The mayor said he likes Ramaphosa, but the truth was that he presides over a government with a lot of issues.
“The post in question was not one endorsing the President of the United States, Donald Trump. In fact, I hold no great affinity for President Trump. Personally, I like President Ramaphosa. However, this is not about personalities.
“The point of the tweet was to illustrate the fact that, despite our misgivings of President Trump, his government has been engaged in action which is allegedly returning some benefits. The same cannot be said for President Ramaphosa, no matter how much one may like him. Since the beginning of his tenure, President Ramaphosa has overseen a declining economy which has left South Africans not only increasingly jobless but also fighting increasingly rising costs of living,” said Mashaba in a statement.
It seems @HermanMashaba deleted his Trump tweet.
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