Before rising up the ranks of the Democratic Alliance (DA) to become its leader, Mmusi Maimane was previously the Deputy Federal Chair and the Parliamentary Leader for the party.
The official opposition party leader sat down with 702 and CapeTalk host Eusebius McKaiser to share his views and thoughts on a number of issues concerning his party and South Africa.
Amid much speculation of impeachment, Zimbabwean Parliamentary Speaker on Monday evening announced the resignation of Robert Mugabe as president of Zimbabwe.
Maimane says what has happened in Zimbabwe is an important development for the region and believes Zimbabweans should prepare themselves for the polls.
I always believe the people are best equipped to decide what their future is. Ultimately we can set up a transitional government and ensure that not only Bob falls but also the Zanu-PF.— Mmusi Maimane, Democratic Alliance leader
It has been Zanu-PF who've protected Bob in some form or another.— Mmusi Maimane, Democratic Alliance leader
It's not a question of which Zanu-PF faction must forward but a question of how you enhance constitutionalism, he adds.
On the current character of the Democratic Alliance and if the organisation is liberal
I think that whole ideology is maturing. I think it is facing some profound challenges. When you talk about it in an economic sense, you have to deal with how do you deal with the concept of redistributing economic opportunities to others? How do you deal with a question of migration?— Mmusi Maimane, Leader, Democratic Alliance
How the DA plans to fix and grow South Africa's economy:
I think the most crucial starting point is determining how to restore institutional capacity. We need stabilise political leadership which is a risk as highlighted by ratings agencies.— Mmusi Maimane, Leader, Democratic Alliance
Maimane believes building and investing in infrastructure will grow an economy, adding that you cannot grow an economy on consumption.
On state owned enterprises:
I think they pose for us a big risk. I'm of the notion that some of these assets must be sold off so that equity can be given to the private sector. I don't think South Africa needs to own an airline.— Mmusi Maimane, Leader, Democratic Alliance
I think we even need to reconsider how we set them up says Maimane. He explains that Eskom could be split into two companies that'll focus and allow distribution and infrastructure build.
Independent power producers will bring profound private sector investment into the private adds Maimane.
For more on this riveting conversation with Mmusi Maimane listen in the clip below:
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