Helen Zille: Disillusioned Tutu should try the DA

2008-10-10 00:00

Cape Town — Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille is to meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu shortly to discuss comments he made to the Sunday Times last week when he said he will not vote in next year’s election unless the ANC heals its divisions.

In her weekly online letter, Zille said Tutu has agreed to meet her and that she hopes to convince him to reject the ANC in the 2009 poll and to familiarise himself with DA policies.

“If he wants South Africa to be a thriving constitutional democracy, and if he wants to see a revival of the Rainbow Nation (a term he coined), then he must do these two things,” Zille said.

Zille said the “tumultuous” political events of the last few weeks have been good for South Africa.

“Mosiuoa Lekota’s criticism of the ANC in a letter to its leadership and the suggestion that he will lead a breakaway party show that we will not go the way of Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe. More and more South Africans are waking up to the power abuse of the ANC’s ruling cabal and saying: enough!

“Just as importantly, the racial mudslinging that has dominated our political discourse for so long appears to be subsiding. A new debate is emerging over values, policies and principles. That a politician of Lekota’s stature has openly expressed views about the ANC that the DA has long espoused is an encouraging sign that our democracy is maturing,” the DA leader said.

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