I think we all felt like a break from the nonsense that goes on in Parliament, which is why yesterday we only showed you the amusing verbal battle between DA MP Phumzile van Damme and members of the ANC.
Maimane said on Tuesday all the ANC cared about was power and getting rich.
The party has stopped caring about ordinary South Africans, he said.
“The ANC has turned from liberator of the people to the enemy of the people.”
He bemoaned the high level of security and increased road closures that were part of Zuma’s SONA.
“There were soldiers with automatic rifles pacing up and down Parliament Avenue. This wasn’t the state of the nation. It was the state against the nation. The ANC on the one side and the people on the other. The liberator turned oppressor,” he said.
On Thursday, he said, South Africans were given a glimpse of the future under the ANC, and it looked very much like the country’s painful past.
“The police in riot gear. The deployment of the army. The screams of female members of Parliament as they were punched and kicked. A boot stamping on a human face.”
The country will never forget what happened, he said, nor will it forget Zuma’s reaction.
“We will never forget how he laughed. It was the laugh of an enemy of the people.”
It’s true, Zuma’s cackle becomes more sinister by the day.