"Symptoms of apartheid in DA": defector

By Drum Digital
06 February 2014

A Democratic Alliance councillor who defected to the ANC on Thursday claimed there were "symptoms of apartheid" in the opposition party.

"We've seen that colour is very important [in the DA]," Sam Moimane told reporters in Johannesburg.

"I've never experienced apartheid, but when I came into the DA... we find the symptoms of apartheid in the DA."

Moimane, from Hammanskraal, said he joined the DA in 2000. He was the party's councillor in Tshwane's ward 58 in the inner city. He said he was the only black ward councillor out of 37 DA councillors in Tshwane.

Moimane and City of Tshwane DA councillor Sello Maila were welcomed into the African National Congress by Gauteng secretary David Makhura at the party's provincial office in Johannesburg.

"Welcome to the home of those who want to transform South Africa," he told the two.

Moimane and Maila were each given a yellow African National Congress T-shirt and a copy of the party's election manifesto. Moimane said he had raised issues within party structures.

"Whatever we are pushing at the ground level is not what they are pushing at the national level. That is why Helen [Zille] didn't even bother to tell us that she's bringing [Mamphela] Ramphele in."

He said DA leader Zille's announcement last week that Agang SA founder Mamphela Ramphele would be the party's presidential candidate was "offending". He said Ramphele was introduced as the presidential candidate because she was black.

Maila said he was excited to join the ANC and start working as a volunteer.

"We have to make our children and children's children aware of what the ANC did," he said.

Makhura said the two would be introduced to the branches of the ANC in the wards where they lived and would fill in membership forms. They would then be put on a six month probation period.

"A six month period in which you are going to be tried and tested. After that period... they are going to emerge successful."

Moimane and Maila would get "political education". The pair will resign from their positions as councillors.

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