Johannesburg - Politics should not focus on race but on
issues, the DA said on Tuesday.
"Today what is happening is racial
mobilisation," DA Gauteng premier candidate Mmusi Maimane told a group of
young South Africans in Milpark, Johannesburg.
"That is not the way to hold a democracy. It is
about the issues, not your race."
He was speaking in an election debate hosted by youth
culture magazine Live.
The Economic Freedom Fighters, DA, Agang SA and the ANC
were answering questions from young people throughout the country submitted
online, and from those present at the debate.
The ANC Youth League's head of organising Mawethu Rune
responded by saying the DA was a party for the white elite. He said the DA
represented segments of society that wanted the "current status quo to
"Class has a colour, poverty has a colour.
Empowerment is not reverse racism."
Agang SA's chief operations officer Andrew Gasnolar said
inequalities in society needed to be addressed.
"Race is used as a tool, instead of acknowledging
that we are South Africans first."
He said structures in the economy and education needed to
The EFF's Gauteng premier candidate Dali Mpofu said the
inequality in the country was a result of its past.
"The only way to redress that is to make sure that
wealth is owned by the state."
He said redress through hard work would only widen
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