Mmusi Maimane promised “a job in every home” to South Africans during the launch of his new political party, Build One South Africa (BOSA), on Saturday.
Maimane launched his political party in Naledi, Soweto.
He addressed a few hundred supporters in a medium-sized community hall, according to News24. All were dressed in the party’s T-shirts with a star-branded logo.
Maimane’s vision for BOSA stemmed from the One South Africa Movement, an organisation he launched after he resigned from the Democratic Alliance in 2019.
The political party will unite independent candidates under an umbrella organisation to contest the 2024 elections.
The One South Africa Movement did the same in the 2021 municipal elections.
Several community-based associations under this organisation saw independent candidates elected as councillors in various municipalities across the country.
BOSA plans to do the same but in Parliament.
Maimane said he left the political system a few years ago, but he had to return because of the state of politics in the country. He said:
Our nation is failing; our nation is broken. Things have to change. We need to move away from an economy that works for the few, but [works] for everyone. I want to say Build One South Africa sees you, and that there is hope, and we will deliver that change for the people of this country.
I want to put a job in every home in this country.
We are going to build a police service in this country that when you are criminal, we are coming for you. This nation needs to be safe. Gone should be the days that when you get into an Uber as a woman, you feel fearful. I am telling you, when we come into government, criminals, it is your last day
i). To transform the economy by focusing on small businesses and the micro economy, with promised funding for small businesses.
ii). To tackle the health care system, which he viewed as a failure.
iii). To address the migration issue saying he loved the continent but that those entering the country should do so legally.
iv). To launch BOSA in all provinces by the end of the year.
The party would work as a constituency-based system in its operations, with communities empowered to decide on the candidate the party should take to Parliament if elected.
Another difference would be communities having the right to recall a Member of Parliament from the party if they felt they were failing in their duties.