LETTER: Blacks vote for the DA at their own peril

2016-01-21 06:00

For a greater part of its existence in the post democratic era, the Democratic Alliance has invested its time and resource to prove to a majority of South Africans that it’s not a whites’ only party and explicitly that it is not a racist party.

This of course being their electioneering strategy and an effort to counter the perception that the DA is not only racist but will bring back the apartheid system, should it govern this country.

That has presented the DA with a lot of inner-party challenges and has given direction to its internal politics.

Challenges facing the DA are permanent and are a consequence of the contradiction between sticking to its pro-White orientation and loosing votes from a black population that dominates the South Africa landscape.

What presents the contradiction is the fact that black people are a majority without which the DA will never live its dream of governing this country and its traditional membership is racist and refuses to see black people as an integral part of society.

If the above is not accepted, how else can it be explained that racist white South Africans are finding the DA as a political home?

Unlike the ANC whose challenges are because of individuals choosing to ignore or manipulate organisation policy due to their selfishness, the DA’s are as a result of its core members actually ignoring the electioneering propaganda and carrying out views derived from the organisation’s culture and policy.

The DA has had to deal with its members’ racial outbursts, with the most recent example being Kohler Barnard and Penny(Sparrow).

The party’s federal executive decided to expel Kohler Barnard for her racially divisive views and the party’s federal legal commission reversed the decision and withdrew her expulsion.

Even Mmusi Maimane was quoted as saying the decision of the federal legal commission cannot be interfered with, that shows that the highest decision making body of the DA does not reprimand racist views and that explains why racist like Penny find a political home in the DA.

One of the basic sign of this country’s victory in dismantling Apartheid was ending segregation of beaches, benches and other places which were reserved for whites only.

Penny’s reference to Black people as monkeys simply because they have exercised their hard earned right to be at the beach should be taken as her wish that there be places that are reserved for whites only.

In the process of fighting racism and isolating racists, the society must also isolate the DA. Black people must reject the DA and its pro-white policies. There has been a concerted effort to convince people that race matters not when it comes to choosing which political party to affiliate and/or vote for.

This of course has been widely spread by political commentators and accepted by those it benefits in the political discourse. Contrary to that, it needs to be noted that a politically party voted for will ultimately govern a non-racial South Africa characterized by inequalities and such inequalities are a direct consequence of a deliberate and systematic oppression of one race by another. Therefore to convince people of this idea serves to maintain and widen the gap between the poor and the rich.

Though race would not seem as an ideal approach to politics and lobbying, the majority of poor people with very low standards of living remain black, due to the Apartheid system, wherein racial oppression was the order of the day. Therefore it is inconceivable that poor people would be encouraged to vote for a political party whose policy orientation is pro-rich, unless the only purpose of that exercise would be to maintain the interests of the rich.

Zuko Mndayi Nyanga

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