ANC criticises 'racist' DA

2013-06-18 15:53
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Johannesburg - The “arrogance” displayed by DA councillor Stanford Slabbert against black people is characteristic of the party, said the ANC on Tuesday.

"The Democratic Alliance continues to treat black people like second-class citizens as demonstrated time and again in Cape Town and in Midvaal," spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said in a statement.

"Had it not been exposed by the ANC during the presidency's budget vote debate last week, it like many others would have gone unnoticed, unpunished and acceptable within the DA," he said.

The Eastern Cape DA councillor has been suspended from the DA after it was found he circulated a racist email. It reportedly said President Jacob Zuma had more wives than brain cells.

According to the email the ANC was producing "dumb idiots who wait for handouts" and that Zuma led a country where a quarter of schoolgirls were HIV-positive because South Africans "spread the disease more than anyone else in the world".

Eastern Cape DA leader Athol Trollip said on Tuesday it was not his party that made the comment, but an individual.

"He's [Slabbert] going to have to accept the consequences of his actions and he has really brought our party into disrepute.

"I've not made an apology. It wasn't the DA or myself [who made the comments] it was Stanford Slabbert."

Trollip said there were examples of how the ANC had allowed some of its members to make racist comments without taking any action.

"They [the ANC] must live by their own mantra."

Trollip said a disciplinary hearing into Slabbert's conduct would take place soon. He said DA members like himself had worked all their lives to build an image of non-racialism and the party would not accept discrimination.

- SAPA

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