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DA opportunism exposed

28 January 2014, 06:55

The build-up to the 2014 elections has further affirmed the rank opportunism of the DA. The party has two sets of candidate lists for the National Assembly and Provincial Legislatures - one list has been released to the public, the other is under wraps.

The one that's under wraps has people who had hitherto been paraded as paragons of virtue by the media and the DA itself. One such paragon is one Glynnis Breytenbach who works for the NPA and has relentlessly pursued the SAPS head of Crime Intelligence Richard Mdluli.

Today the same Bretenbach emerges high up on the DA list of candidates to the National Assembly. Her appearance on the DA list of candidates raises moral questions about her and the party. Moreso when both the party and the candidate have all along lied about their generally corrupt relationship.

This is the same Breytenbach who was funded by the FW De Klerk Foundation in her fight for reinstatement at the NPA. Confirming their generous funding of her labour dispute the De Klerk Foundation said this was done to "promote and defend the constitution and rule of law."

After this turn of events one wonders whether the pursuit of Mdluli was for the promotion of justice or service to the DA whose collours she's now openly donning.

There's also the story of journalists who are said to be in contention for parliamentary seats under the DA banner. These are people who have been crying freedom of the media and objectivity in reporting every time their dubious bona fides were questioned.

A classical case is that of the Business Report Cape Town bureau chief Donwald Pressly. He has been suspended from the newspaper after he applied to be on the DA's list of parliamentary candidates during the 2014 general elections. Pressly is also the author of the recently published biography of DA parliamentary leader, Lindiwe Mazibuko.

According to Independent Newspapers group executive editor Karima Brown, Pressly applied to be in the DA list "without informing his editor, and while continuing to write news as well as opinion and analysis on the said political party without declaring his political intentions to our readers."

There is apparently more of these underhand dealings of the DA and elements in government and civil society.

Now skeletons are rattling out of the closet and the DA is exposed for what it really is.


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