Black DA voters: liberalism is never change!

2011-05-14 13:25

To the DA, the white vote is crucial and the black vote necessary.

The DA will not succeed in changing the political scenario in South Africa because liberals are not revolutionary by nature.

Instead, they struggle to retain the status quo and defend the establishment through amelioration and appeasement.

The DA has taken on various identities, posing as a champion of the so-called coloured voters in Western Cape; allaying the fears of farmers, whose farms may or may not be targeted for expropriation; and promising “clean governance” to urban and rural black voters.

In the case of Midvaal, the DA has sided with conservative whites who have consistently voted for the old Conservative Party of Andries Treurnicht.

Midvaal is the most rightwing town in Gauteng.

There was never a “black” township in that town until 1994, when S’celo informal settlement was established.

Now, the black vote is necessary there to bolster the DA’s numbers and to conceal its true political character of white supremacy.

Liberalism in Africa has subscribed to the philosophical tenet that Africans are a child race to be consistently guided towards adulthood through exposure to European “civilization”.

Anton Lembede, the first president of the ANC Youth League, dismissed liberalism when he argued that “if whites want to help us we will welcome their support but not their guidance”.

At the heart of the DA’s political message is quintessential condescension toward the black electorate.

But people are ready to be led and misled.

In a country that is still visited by the glaring historical disparities in almost all facets of society, a liberal ideology can at best perform a watchdog role.

The DA, like all liberal organisations, has a natural distaste for trade unions and harbours an aversion towards a militant political culture.

To simply base an electoral promise on “clean governance”, as the DA does, displays an obsession with the inside state of the car while having no problem with the car itself.

If you vote for the DA, be aware of the tale of the hound running with the hare.

The DA’s election posters should read: “Vote for us, and be warned.”

» ?Ka Plaatjie is director of the Pan African Foundation and owner of Spy 2 Publishers

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