ANC wants to 'turn black people into public slaves': Mashaba
The DA's Johannesburg mayoral candidate, Herman Mashaba, on Monday said it was time for the ANC to be stripped of its powers.
Mashaba, who was speaking to a small gathering of people who gave him a warm welcome in Jan Hofmeyer, said: "If the current government does not work, how can Johannesburg be expected to work?"
He said it was time for power to be taken away from the ANC - a party for which he himself had voted until former president Thabo Mbeki's second term.
"When Mbeki entered his second term, I decided that it was not the party for me anymore," Mashaba said.
The ANC wanted to "turn black people into public slaves and make them inhuman" by taking away their humanity, he said, referring to homeless people living on the streets of Sophiatown.
He said those people should not have to live in those circumstances
"You [people] trusted and believed in the ANC. People had hope in the ANC..."
He assured the crowd that the upcoming elections would be well monitored to prevent any rigging of the system.
"Politicians only survive when they know they are going to be voted out of power."
Mashaba said the #FeesMustFall protests were necessary because the ANC had promised free education, yet did not have the money to provide it.