Canvassing a destructive majority

2012-01-14 00:00

THIS past weekend, I had the pleasure of being in Pietermaritzburg and, among others things, I spent time with a longtime friend catching up and having a good time. Among the many things we did and watched on the telly, we also witnessed history as the oldest liberation movement on the African continent turned 100 years old.

Whether other parties like it or not, it was a historic moment and I am sure they all watched with envy as they would all have preferred to have been in the shoes of the ANC. Perhaps not in terms of the challenges they are faced with but in terms of achieving this rare milestone.

Clearly those who started the party knew a whole lot more than the rest of the continent knew. This just goes to show you how the apartheid system of governance crippled and killed the talent black people of this country had, which could have been used for the emancipation of the same party. They were way ahead of their time and to see many abuse the party in the manner that has happened calls for serious intervention.

One of the observations my friend made about how the political landscape is shifting is if a black person wants to further his or her political career, the Democratic Alliance is the place to be. While they still hold most of the positions, white males are the ones who are on the chopping block. Pound for pound, we all knew that Athol Trollip was a lot more qualified than Lindiwe Mazibuko for the position of DA parliamentary leader but it was politically correct to elect Mazibuko, if the party is going to make inroads in former ANC heartlands.

Whether or not the DA wants to admit it, this is the way it has to go if it is to succeed. It has developed its own policy of affirmative action. It’s ironic that the party that has denounced affirmative action and broad-based black economic empowerment is implementing its own version within the party when it suits it.

Talk about hypocrisy. I do not know why I had high hopes, this is politics after all. Adapt or die.

The DA must accept that it needs the black vote to survive so that it can push its pro-white male elitist agenda. There’s no guessing what the DA will do with black voters when the party has got what it wants — ditch them.

The DA seems to live in utopia. Members claim that there is no colour in their eyes, yet they use colour to influence situations in their favour. Amaxoki [hypocrites]! What’s with this idea of the DA having a black leadership? Has it realised that white isn’t always right?

I wonder where the DA’s white voters will go when the black leadership takes the party to the ghetto. The irony is that should the DA attract the black voters it needs, the majority of that membership will be made up of the black person who has aspirations of being white and despises his or her own kind.

While the black vote will help the party, it will be self-defeating when it is the majority.

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