Discrimination on political lines is undemocratic

2016-08-16 06:00

THE elections are over and the electorate has spoken. Political parties are analysing their performances.

Nationally, especially in major metros, the DA has secured extra votes, dispelling government propaganda that it is a “whites-only” party. The swing to the DA must be comprehended as South Africans take a firm stand on corruption and are fed up with the ANC’s failure to deliver essential basic services and its indifference to Jacob Zuma’s incompetence.

During his leadership as premier of KZN, the ANC’s Sbu Ndebele threatened to punish the northern areas that were won decisively by the DA.

The DA emerged victorious in the northern regions, together with Ward 32 (Woodlands) on August 3.

Readers may be unaware that there exists the Indian, coloured and white chat group (ICW) that is administered by the ANC.

Post-elections, Ndebele’s sentiments of the past have been echoed by so-called ANC “stalwarts” on this chat group.

Freedom of political association should never be accompanied by punitive measures by the ruling party.

A healthy democracy relies on sturdy opposition.

While the DA will continue to play its oversight role in council, public-minded individuals must remain wide-eyed to ensure there is no discrimination based on party political lines. If anything, the ANC should address its failures — its critics exposed the party’s shortcomings!

JAY JUGWANTH

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