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Why I might still not vote for the DA

29 January 2014, 09:34
I am a white male from Cape Town and hence a prime candidate for being a DA voter. But I never have in the past and am still not entirely convinced to vote for the DA in the upcoming elections.

I have never felt that the DA and its negative political strategies have represented my wishes and wants for South Africa nor have they been in the best interests of all South Africans. Firstly in no way is it representative of what is our rainbow nation. This phrase rolls off, even our white tongues very nicely but when it comes to political allegiance we very quickly retreat back into the largely monotone white political party. I see the DA as the party for the moaners and whingers of "lets be frank" rather superficial discomforts that the previously advantaged enjoyed and were now having to make compromises with here and there. Yes I am aware that there are white South Africans suffering economically and feeling threatened by crime but they are still in the significant minority.

Yes, I believe the ANC needs to be ousted. They have failed the previously disadvantaged heinously and are not deserving of the countries leadership but is the DA going to offer anything better that will justify my vote for them? Pre Ramphele, certainly not. The DA was not in touch, had not connected with the majority of black South Africans who justifiably still feel threatened by white leadership. This was supplemented by a largely negative political strategy by the DA where the faults, flaws and incompetence of the ANC were highlighted over changes and corrective actions that they, the DA would implement. This could have been construed as not only an attack on the ANC but an attack on the ANC support base. Remember the wounds are still fresh. 
To me this was dangerous. Yes, the DA would likely be far better administrators of the country but its lack of inclusiveness (certainly not deliberate but more of a communication problem) leads me to fear, that should the DA gain power, we would see an even more divided South Africa, increased racial tension and ultimately a step backwards for the country.

With Ramphele, I feel that the DA is moving in the right direction but one appointment does not change my opinion overnight. I want to see Ramphele become the face of the DA, get out and bring the rainbow nation to the DA. Until I see that happening my vote remains up in the air. 
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