It is indeed a blessing to celebrate being a South African; the smell of Democracy keeps one hoping; our Constitution guarantees one of their right to property, but I recently got a buttercup of mixed blessings, thanks to Democratic Alliance. As a point of departure, the pamphlets distributed by Helen Zille and her cohorts in Tlokwe are, but disturbing. For DA to pledge that they would uphold the spirit of Nelson Mandela and the Constitution, yet go on to trample on the very organization's logo he served with pride and respect is appalling and disgraceful, only African National Congress has a right to the logo, not a single individual and certainly not an opposition party. For Helen Zille who sat and enjoyed special privileges’ to come and say the current ANC leadership has abandoned Madibas’ vision is unjustifiable. Democratic Alliance in canvassing their opinions and demonstrating their arrogance have unfortunately made some fundamental omissions, ignoring our Constitution and the provisions of the Electoral Act.
In the first instance, it is unfortunate that they fail to disclose the rationale for distributing such negative and derogatory pamphlets .Therefore, the reader is left to merely draw inferences. Secondly, it is alleged that millions are homeless and unemployed; thereby ignoring the mess apartheid bequeathed us. Further, Madam Zille alleges that our President and his leadership are not bound by the Constitution, not interested in solving our toughest problems-poverty, unemployment and the erosion of family life. Sadly, we are not told who these leaders are and in what manner and under what circumstances they are making this unwitting contribution to subvert our democracy and constitution.
One can be excused to read into this allegations vagueness an attempt at pouring water to the greatest organization ever. Democratic Alliance quest for power has clouded their judgments; they are even prepared to destroy the legacy
they purport to stand for, how convenient. Further, while one does not question their right to freedom of expression, it is nonetheless curious why they chose the logo. To me, it seems to be a cruel coincidence that this violation comes so fresh on ahead of the elections because it is filled with insensitivity.
The insensitivity prompts one to quote and ask intrinsic yet valuable questions: Nelson Mandela said, “I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal, which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die”. Would Nelson Mandela infringe your rights to your party's logo? Would he ignore the provisions of the Electoral Act to win? Is the Constitution supposed to be respected by the African National Congress and not the mighty Democratic Alliance?
As our democracy slowly matures, all South Africans face the challenge of having to grapple with many tensions and new experiences. But the message thus far conveyed by yours truly Madam Zille, is that blacks are nothing but your token of votes to your evil intentions. It is therefore justifiable to presume no amount of propaganda or promises will convince majority of blacks that your Democratic Alliance has their best interest at heart.
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