Remove Mike Waters from Parliament – Blade Nzimande

2014-06-06 14:28

The Democratic Alliance and the media were in the spotlight as Blade Nzimande and Nehawu president Mzwandile Makwayiba took swipes at them at the Nehawu special national congress today.

Nzimande, SACP general secretary and minister of higher education, said: “We have asked the DA to remove Mike Waters [DA deputy Chief Whip] from our Parliament. Our Parliament is not a Parliament of racists and bigots.”

Nzimande said Waters had insulted ANC voters by calling them dogs and added that “the SACP and Nehawu must start a campaign to have him [Waters] removed” and the matter should be reported to the Human Rights Commission.

Makwayiba continued in the same vein, saying the entire DA was racist.

“The DA will remain racist no matter what anyone thinks about it. If [Mmusi] Maimane doesn’t know, then he must ask [Lindiwe] Mazibuko,” said Makwayiba.

He added that the DA was opposed to eradicating equality and transformation.

“When black people join the DA, they must know it is just for jobs and not for changing policy,” he said.

Next on the list of attacks was the media.

“When Public Protector Thuli Madonsela compared the ANC voter to an abused woman and when the pink media called ANC voters clowns, that was racism directed to the black majority,” said Makwayiba.

Nzimande said there was a disconnect between the local media and a large sector of society. The media, he said, represented the minority view of whites.

“The media actually grabbed the matter of Nkandla as if their lives depended on it and they still failed to defeat the ANC,” said Nzimande.

Makwayiba added that South African media, to which he referred to as “pink media”, continued to demonise the black people of this country.

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