One black dot on a dog does not make a Dalmation

2011-10-29 00:00

IT is interesting to see how much public-relations work was done leading up to the election of the Democratic Alliance’s Lindiwe Mazibuko as the new parliamentary leader this week. Party leaders Helen Zille and Patricia de Lille, among others, came out in full force to support the spring chicken against the tried-and-tested Athol Trollip.

The remnants of the National Party, who joined the DA when the party was dissolved, were said to be behind the experienced Trollip, which was a case of rather the devil we know than the devil we don’t know.

The DA has been vocal in its stance against affirmative action as a means of levelling the playing fields, but then who would be surprised? The party has been obsessed with serving an all-white male, chauvinistic agenda.

In a nutshell, if you want the people the DA serves, just go to the South African Stock Exchange and you will find the biggest concentration of them there. This is the group that is holding on to the evil past for as long as it can, having realised that with political control gone, economic control is all they have left.

It is interesting that a lot of noise was made about Mazibuko’s election, but when you look closely, it is all just hot air.

One newspaper headline read something like this: “The DA has reached the Rubicon”. Boo who! What Rubicon?

Others went on about how the DA elected a black parliamentary leader. What black leader? Clearly, the DA elected her to try to rid itself of the fact that they are still a party that serves the narrow interests of white people, largely white males.

If anything, this was an affirmative-action election and, contrary to what the DA always says about electing people based on nothing but merit, she was elected to balance the scales and to reduce the credence given to them about being a white party, which they are.

Pound for pound, Trollip is second to none, and his record speaks volumes. He should have walked into the position. But then other dynamics came into place, including affirmative action. It’s good to see that the DA has finally woken up to the reality of the political landscape of this country and they are now practising and implementing a policy that they have been criticising the African National Congress for implementing.

Putting a black polka dot or two on a white dog does not make it a Dalmatian. Try 101 dots and then you are talking.

Mazibuko is a wolf in sheep’s clothing — a member of the DA who is black but has nothing to show for her blackness. As one Facebook friend of mine aptly put it: “By electing one Lindiwe Mazibuko, the DA has lost an opportunity to have a black leader. The only black thing about Mazibuko is her surname. She is a typical black woman who has aspirations of living a life like her madam’s. She represents everything that’s wrong with blacks who aspire to be white, thanks to the apartheid indoctrination.


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