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The Truth about the DA

21 April 2013, 18:42

The ANC seems to be very worried about the DA correcting the misconceptions about the party and its contribution in opposing and ending Apartheid.

The ANC have spent a lot of time, effort, and money trying to demonise the DA in order to hold onto power.

So, with this latest campaign by the DA to correct these misconceptions and provide a TRUE account of who and what the party represents, we can expect even more lies, innuendo, and racist rhetoric from the ANC. 

This letter is here to help readers that care about the welfare and future of our great country with some information which may be of use in helping you to form your own opinion.

Lie number 1 - The ANC ended Apartheid

The United Democractic Front, which was launched on 20 August 1983, comprised 565 Organisations at the launch, and 400 were already members.

At the link below, you will find a list of over 4,200 organisations that opposed Apartheid from around the world.

http://www.nelsonmandela.org/images/uploads/aama-azlist.pdf

In no particular order, and having existed within the last 70 years or so, South African Organisations that are well known that opposed Apartheid:

South African Indian Congress

Coloured People's Congress

Pan Africanist Congress

Black Consciousness Movement (Biko)

AZAPO

PAC

Christian Institute of Southern Africa (Beyers Naude)

South African Council of Churches

Mass Democratic Movement (UDF and COSATU)

United Party

End Conscription Campaign

Liberal Party of South Africa (Alan Paton)

African Resistance Movement (White armed resistance movement)

NUSAS

Black Sash

The DA and its predecessors who opposed Apartheid.

The eventual DA that we know today has quite a complex history of mergers and renamings, but with a common goal throughout - Equality for all in South Africa based on Liberal Values:

1959: Liberal members of the conservative United Party seceded and formed the liberal Progressive Party. The parliamentary party is led by Helen Suzman

1975: The party merged with the Reform Party led by Harry Schwarz, a faction of the United Party, and became the Progressive Reform Party

1977: After the dissolution of the United Party, former members merged into the PRP, which is renamed the Progressive Federal Party

1987: National Party MP Wynand Malan quits the governing party to protest PW Botha's policies. South African Ambassador to the UK Denis Worrall quits his post in order to return to South Africa and fight apartheid. The two form and lead the liberal Independent Party.

1988: The PFP merged with the newly founded National Democratic Movement and the Independent Party into the Democratic Party

2000: The DP merged with the conservative New National Party into an alliance, the Democratic Alliance.

2001: The NNP left the alliance and the DP continues as the present-day Democratic Alliance

Some notable individuals within the DA (or its predecessors)

Helen Suzman

My favourite anecdote for Helen Suzman:  She was once accused by a minister of asking questions in parliament that embarrassed South Africa, to which she replied: "It is not my questions that embarrass South Africa; it is your answers"
 
Zach de Beer

Colin Eglin

Frederik van Zyl Slabbert

Harry Schwarz

Tony Leon

Helen Zille

Exposed Steve Biko's death as murder through the Rand Daily Mail

Member of the Black Sash

Vice Chair of the End Conscription Campaign

Arrested for being in a "group area" without a permit, and received a suspended prison sentence

Zille and her husband later offered their home as a safe house for political activists during the 1986 State of Emergency, and she was temporarily forced into hiding with their two-year-old son

South Africa Beyond Apartheid Project activist

Cape Town Peace Committee member

Gathered evidence for the Goldstone Commission which investigated attempts to destabilise the Western Cape before the elections in 1994.

This short history of the DA, and some of its leaders, exposes the the ANC lies and their racist rhetoric for what it is.

We live in the information age, with almost all information at our fingertips.  There is no excuse for being misled by shady, dishonest people with an equally dishonest agenda.

It is time to vote for an honest capable government that will deliver for all South Africans.  It is time to vote for the DA.  I am. Are you?

Sources:  Wikipedia, DA website, various news articles.

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