DA synonymous with oppression – Mthethwa

2013-05-01 14:52

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The DA was never involved in the liberation of South Africans and is associated with oppression, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has said.

“The Democratic Alliance wants to label itself as the spokesperson of our people. The party is actually synonymous with the oppression that our people suffered,” Mthethwa said at a Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) Workers’ Day rally in Sharpeville today.

He said the opposition party was part of the apartheid regime.

“Today they (the DA) want to claim to be part of the liberation of our people. We reject that.”

Mthethwa said the National Development Plan was not a “carbon copy” of DA policies.

“The document has great resonance with the policies of the ANC, and looked at together with the RDP (Reconstruction and Development Programme) policy, it ensures that poverty is not allowed to flourish in a democratic state.”

He said the improvement of education should be prioritised.

National Union of Metalworkers of SA general secretary Irvin Jim was also expected to address hundreds of workers at the rally.

Meanwhile, the DA was compared to a gang by SA National Civics Organisation chairperson Rose Sonto.

“They (the DA) have formed a gang so they can gang up against the workers,” Sonto said at a Cosatu Workers’ Day rally in Cape Town.

Sonto and Cosatu-affiliated union representatives called on workers to vote the ANC into power during next year’s polls.

The Western Cape is currently the only province ruled by an opposition party.

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