Mamphela Ramphele (News24)
Cape Town – Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele said on
Wednesday that neither the DA nor the ANC take the plight of the coloured
Ramphele said both the DA and the ANC have governed the
Western Cape for the last 20 years, but have done little to improve the
challenges faced in coloured communities.
She made these statements in the wake of Cape Town metro
chair Grant Pascoe’s defection from the DA to the ANC.
Earlier Pascoe said the DA was not being honest with
coloured people in the province.
Ramphele said: “If
Pascoe meant that the Democratic Alliance is pretending to be deeply concerned
and engaged with the challenges faced by the coloured community, then his
statement is true. On the other, it is highly disingenuous if his statement is
designed to make voters believe that the African National Congress is engaged
with, and concerned about the specific challenges this community faces.”
She said: “A report from the Institute of Security
Studies in 2004, for instance, detailed how coloured people are far more likely
to be murdered than any other group. In addition, while they represent only 9%
of the national population, they make up 18% of the national prison population
and are nearly twice as likely to be imprisoned as black people. And since
1994, unemployment has increased only 19% in the black community, compared to
35% in the coloured community.”
According to Ramphele the two roots causes identified by
the report have been education, or a lack of it, and the housing situation of
people on the Cape Flats.
She said the DA pretends that the major problem facing
the coloured community is affirmative action.
“It is obviously a problem, but the social conditions
facing this community are the real danger.”
Ramphele said: “Why hasn’t anyone done anything? It is no
good sending troops into the Cape Flats to battle drug lords when you do not do
anything else to address the root causes of the problem. Nor can you expect to
realistically tackle the drug problem there when you are not using the right
Until political leaders take the problems on the Cape Flats
seriously, and commit to do what they know they must, she said, “we will
continue to read about children being caught in gun battles and crossfire”.
Ramphele said “It is time the coloured people in the
Western Cape threw off the inferiority and marginalisation imposed on them by
successive governments in the Western Cape and the Northern Cape, and began to
demand of the political leadership.”
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