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[Applause.] Now, the President is accused of being a dreamer. But who are the off-the-rail dreamers? Who are the real, biggest dreamers? They are the DA and EFF, of course. The DA was dreaming – a fantasy, Mr Lewis, a fantasy, that you are going to run Gauteng, either as a majority or in alliance with others, as well as the Northern Cape. [Applause.] [Interjections.] Oh man, oh man; in your worst fantasy, Mr Lewis, in your worst fantasy, you actually thought you might even run the country as part of a coalition. [Interjections.] And, where are you now? You’ve fallen flat. I can’t even see you. I hear the noise, but it’s so much that: noise, no substance. Let me also put it you: In the real material world we live in, you lost 1,5% of your vote. Worse, you lost votes amongst the
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 153 African constituency. So, you know what? You have no chance of coming to power. [Interjections.] Now, what is it? If you put together the ANC’s 57,5% and the EFF’s 10,7% it means that we are more or less at 68% of the parties that have a substantial base amongst the African population. So what has changed since 1968? Nothing much, regrettably, President. We have a highly racialised voting pattern. It’s not something to gloat about. This is not what the ANC wanted, but what it does suggest, Mr Maimane, is that your party has probably reached its ceiling. [Laughter.] [Applause.] [Interjections.] Frankly, you can go on dreaming. If you think you are ever going to run this country: Dream on, I say! The ANC and other forces liberated you to dream. Thank us for that. [Interjections.] And what about the other big DA dream, their delusions in the free market and their disdain for the state? Despite the huge progress this country has made, it has, regrettably, the most
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 154 acute income inequalities in the world and, further, regrettably, is highly racialised. Sadly, that’s where it is. If we don't significantly reduce this, a social explosion is looming. Were it not for the intervention of the state, not least through our social grant programme and indeed our pro-poor programmes, we would all be swept away by this explosion, not least the EFF. Now, the DA’s dream is that privatisation and the free market will prevent this. How? Just how, Mr Lewis, is the DA’s blind faith in the market going to address the highly racialised socioeconomic challenges we confront? In no developing society in the world has the free market on its own reduced inequalities. How do you think you are going to do it in South Africa? Even the DA’s tentative edging towards a more state- oriented liberalism has caused huge ructions in the party and led partly to the reason why you lost your votes. When we say to you ... [Interjections.] The LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION: You lost your position.
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 155 Mr Y I CARRIM: I don’t care. I am here for what it’s worth.
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