So Gwede Mantashe calls Mamphela Rampele's move to join the DA "rent-a-black". Why must black people continue to be subjected to this kind of naked racist labelling?
One would expect political representatives to uphold and defend the founding values of our Constitution and the stated values of the ANC, especially non-racialism and non-sexism. Criticism of Mamphela Rampele's latest political move is in order, but why do we have to resort to ugly name-calling to make the point???Political party mergers and floor crossing isn't something new in our new democracy.Even the ANC did it. The one stark difference is that when the ANC merged with the (New) National Party of Marthinus van Schalkwyk in 2004 there was no racist name-calling. Only pats on the back and cushy positions in parliament.No cries of rent-a-white.Where is the consistency in our political discourse???In doing so aren't we making ourselves guilty of selective memory and selective morality???Remember this event in the political history of our new democracy???
Ex-Apartheid Party To Merge With ANC In South Africa The New National Party (NNP), which ruled South Africa during the Apartheid era as the National Party, has announced it will merge with former black liberation and current ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC).
"The kind of policies that the ANC espouse now are policies that we've been standing for for very long," says NNP leader Marthinus van Schalkwyk. "We agree that the political space between the ANC and the opposition party simply got less and less."
Mr. van Schalkwyk also announced that he would join the ANC, and will work to get NNP Afrikaaners to do so as well. Once the merger is finished, the right-wing Democratic Alliance will then be the largest opposition party with 12.4% of the vote.
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