Eastern Cape needs second liberation: Zille

2012-03-31 15:41

The Eastern Cape needs a “second liberation struggle” to free it from crony-capitalism and corruption, Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille said.

Quoting from an unpublished manuscript by international affairs expert Greg Mills, Zille said: “Much of Africa has experienced two liberations -the first from colonial and or racist regimes, and the second from the excesses of the liberators themselves.

“We, in South Africa, having suffered the ravages of colonialism and apartheid for so long, have lived under the delusion that if we succeeded in our first liberation struggle, the struggle for universal franchise, the rest would automatically follow,” she said.

The second struggle should be led by the DA because it was the only party that had the values and policies needed to alleviate poverty and reduce unemployment.

The Eastern Cape, with its rich struggle history, needed the new liberation more than other provinces because it had “been so bitterly abandoned and betrayed over the past 18 years”.

As the province of former president Nelson Mandela’s birth, the Eastern Cape owed this to him “in the twilight of his life”.

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