Why I joined the DA

2013-09-15 14:00

During my high school days, we had a class called Divinity (or Bible Study).

It was during one lesson that the class was introduced to a gentleman who set out to prove that God was nonexistent.

Through his travels, reading and speaking to people, he in fact achieved the opposite, in that he came to believe in God.

The reason I recall this story is because it is similar to how I was once an uninformed DA critic.

For a very long time I was sceptical about the organisation and its agenda.

The ANC and its insistence on calling the DA a “white party” or “counter-revolutionaries”, or even in some instances calling its black members “sellouts”, made it easy to be suspicious of the country’s second most popular political party. For a long time, I believed these labels.

Even many friends and families would make the same inferences about the DA.

But as one gets older, you realise that outsourcing your opinion about important matters is lazy and shows a high level of intellectual paralysis.

I wanted to see this “white party” in action and I wanted to meet with these “sellouts” to see that what I was hearing was indeed true. I attended DA events and met with party members, and those employed by the party.

On this journey, many of the claims made by those opposed to the DA did not reconcile with what I was seeing and hearing.

I met people who were dedicated to making South Africa a better place.

I found their leaders to be easily accessible and willing to meet with me, and relay their vision for South Africa under the leadership of the DA.

Further, I began to read their policies, many of which made sense to me and were not the

pro-rich or pro-white policies that detractors had claimed them to be. This is a party working towards making the country better for all.

What was also important to me was that the DA values the youth.

Go to any DA office, branch or caucus and you will see young South Africans of all races in leading positions, and having their opinions and leadership appreciated.

As a country, we cannot successfully build a future if those who will live in that future are not partners.

The DA, like all political parties, is not perfect, but its size, compared with the million-member ANC, makes it easier to implement change where needed.

Being a young party also leaves room for the ability to change it and root out any bad habits that may develop.

My story of how I came to be a DA member is neither unique nor is it a popular one to tell, especially for a young black man, but it is one that needs to be told.

For me, and a growing number of South Africans, the DA is a viable alternative to the political status quo, which has run its race.

It is time for citizens to vote for the baton to change hands.

»?Seabe is a DA member

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