Maimane is a “black human cloak”: ANC

The DA has again accused President Jacob Zuma of being a thief, while the ANC has accused the opposition leader of being a “black human cloak” for his party.

The parties were giving their submissions during the Presidency’s budget vote in Parliament on Wednesday.

ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu questioned why the DA had a black leader.

“The DA believes it can hide behind a black human cloak to perpetuate white supremacy and protect white privilege,” he said.

He said he sympathised with DA leader Mmusi Maimane, who he said was presiding over a party whose members were self-declared racists.

The DA took the opportunity to attack Zuma, calling him a thief and “accused number one”.

With numerous objections from the ANC, Maimane called Zuma the “it wasn’t me” thief.

From his relationship with Schabir Shaik, to the corruption charges, to “undue pressure” on the National Prosecuting Authority, the DA detailed their objections to the budget.

“Because this is a man whose answer to every single allegation is, ‘It wasn’t me’. The Gupta landing at Waterkloof? It wasn’t me. Al-Bashir’s escape? It wasn’t me. The millions spent on Nkandla? It wasn’t me,” Maimane said.

Deputy Speaker Lechesa Tsenoli said there was a difference between debate and insults.

Maimane was forced to add “alleged” as he called Zuma “accused number one”.

“The truth is that this man is a thief.”

IFP’s Narend Singh objected to the president being labelled a thief, with DA MPs lambasting him.

“He must withdraw. It’s not an allegation, it’s a statement,” Singh said.

News24

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