Speaking at the DA’s municipal elections iRally ye Nqubela (Keep making progress rally) in Khayelitsha, he said South Africa’s economy was in a poor state, but was nothing compared to the “meltdown” in Zimbabwe.
“Corruption and chaos stop services from being rolled out. Corruption and chaos scare investors off. Corruption and chaos cost jobs,” Maimane said.
He said after 10 years of DA government, Cape Town was unrecognisable from the one the DA inherited from the ANC in 2006.
“This place was a mess when we took over. Infrastructure and maintenance projects stood abandoned. Posts weren’t filled. And not one single government department got a clean audit in the ANC’s last year here” he said.
Now, it offered its poor citizens the most generous package of free basic services of any metro in the country, was building a good public transport system, had hundreds of free Wi-Fi hotspots, and new hospitals.
Maimane says in the past financial year, the metros of Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay lost over R2.2 billion to corruption. In Cape Town, that figure was zero.
He added that at 21.7 percent, Cape Town had the lowest unemployment figures.