Time for a bold new movement

2008-03-27 00:00

To help achieve a culture of human rights, we need to have a parliamentary opposition which has a realistic chance of becoming the government. At present this is simply not possible, despite the good work done by the Democratic Alliance and other smaller parties.

His successor, Helen Zille, I have known for many years, and I have a deep regard for her. She is smart, principled and courageous, although perhaps overly ambitious? It is such a pity that she is not twins! Zille has a huge capacity for work and I suppose this influenced her to seek the national leadership of the party while remaining mayor of Cape Town. I think this was a grave mistake. Cape Town is an extremely difficult city to govern. Local politics, particularly at council level, is very messy. There is a great deal of backstabbing and all sorts of problems arise from the clash between blacks, coloureds and whites. A strong, consistent and permanent hand on the tiller is needed in order to run Cape Town, and it is impossible for Zille, despite her amazing abilities, to give all her attention to the city. There must be times when local government officials need her to be present or want to seek her advice and guidance, when she is preoccupied with national issues or is away from Cape Town.

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