Mazibuko’s mom tells DA supporters it’s a party for all

2013-06-25 00:00

CRITICISM against DA leader Lindiwe Mazibuko is meant to “destabilise” and “make me feel small”, she said.

Hosting the shooting of the Know Your DA film in Umlazi yesterday, she said: “I do not take these attacks personally. They are trying to stop me from criticising the ANC.”

Present at the shoot was her mother, June-Rose Mazibuko, who was interviewed by her daughter.

She said the DA was not only for white people.

“I hear some say the DA is a white party, I feel sad. The fact that it is led by a white woman does not mean it is a white party,” said Mazibuko senior.

She said if the opposition DA won the elections, it would not take the country back to the apartheid days, adding that if the party won, it would be for everyone.

The film is aimed to showcase the role of DA leaders in the fight against apartheid and what the party stands for.

During the interview, watched by about 300 DA members, Mazibuko senior shared her thoughts on various issues, including the role of her father-in-law who helped freedom fighters escape the country to Swaziland and endured harassment by the police under apartheid.

She said she was very proud of her daughter since no one else in their family, apart from Lindiwe’s grandfather, had been active in politics.

“I support you in everything you do and wish you success. You do it for the people, you don’t do it for yourself. I always fear for your safety and attacks on your integrity,” she said.

On criticism that she is not respectful of President Jacob Zuma, Lindiwe Mazibuko said she was playing her oversight role and did so without being personal and in a disciplined manner.

She said her mother was her inspiration. “She brought me up during difficult times of apartheid,” she said, adding that she was delighted that the shooting of Know Your DA was done in Umlazi.

Mazibuko’s weight and attire were subject to sarcastic comments from some ANC MPs last week.

She insisted that she would be critical of Zuma and that he had to earn respect by delivering on his promises and spending taxpayers’ money sensibly.

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