Referring to the numerous motions of no confidence in Zuma‚ Maimane told Ramaphosa: "You didn't arrive on the scene a year ago. Eight times you had the opportunity to save our country from Zuma and eight times you voted to protect Zuma.
"Your record will always reflect: 100% behind Zuma‚ a man you described as a 'very strong president’.
"You were there as our national debt skyrocketed to almost R3-trillion. You were there as we dipped in and out of economic recession‚ while our peers both here in Africa and throughout the developing world raced ahead of us."
In reference to revelations at the state capture commission and other similar inquiries‚ Maimane said ANC leaders reaped the benefits of office over the past nine years‚ while ordinary people were shut out as the economy took a plunge.
"You speak of nine wasted years to absolve yourself of the integral role you played as second-in-command. But let's be honest‚ while these might be nine wasted years for South Africa‚ they most certainly were not wasted for the ANC.