I am a DA voter, for now. I’ve always identified with its progressive policies and applauded its ethical, service-based governance. We desperately need a bold, modern, visionary party to lead us out of the dust.
There's an opinion that the National Party dug its heels in for far too long before releasing Nelson Mandela and negotiating our democracy. This resulted in former president Nelson Mandela unwilling or unable to serve two terms, which would have gone a long way solidifying our democracy and country. We know the consequences of the National Party, led by P.W. Botha, not having acted earlier on the prevailing mood in the 1980s.
Today I discovered that the DA will again, in its 2019 election manifesto, make workplace racial quotas its policy. Representative of SA’s racial demographics and assuming equal qualifications, if 100 job seekers apply for a position, excluding Coloureds, Indians, Chinese as ‘black’, 80 of the applicants stand a 100% chance of getting the job. And 20 stand a 0% chance of getting the job. Or, including Coloureds, Indians and Chinese as ‘black’, 92 of the applicants stand a 100% chance of getting the job. And 8 stand a 0% chance of getting the job.
I have a strong sense of déjà vu. Where is that VISIONARY party, which senses the changing mood, who intuitively grasps the yearning for a new approach? There’s a definitive murmuring going on. DA believes it’s helpful to individuals and SA to force 80% or 92% of our employable workforce onto a DA-issued crutch. If I were one of that majority percent being viewed as unable to compete on a level playing field, I would consider myself less than competent or able and lacking in capacity. And frankly, I would reject that party. It is said: “Give someone a reputation and they’ll live up to it.”
Of the minority applicants, most young, skilled people wanting to use their talents to give back to SA, many have flown or are preparing to fly, literally. When the whole crutch-less workforce has left and no longer burdens South Africa with their able-ness, what then? Many political party policies disguised as empowering, actually cripplingly disempower people.
Mmusi, where is our visionary leader who has the courage and conviction to make it known to all South Africans that they are equally welcome, wanted, valuable, able, and purposeful? Discrimination in the workplace, whether you are in the racial majority or the racial minority, is about the worst label you can place on a South African. DA's proposed workplace policy is as contrived as Mmusi's various accents.
Many people call Mmusi the “puppet of a white party” which I’m sure he considers an insult to his intelligence, leadership and authenticity. But he and his party continue to spoon-feed the same, mournful, worn-out story that black people in 2019 need propping to secure employment because they’re not able to compete on merit alone with 8% of the population. What a poignant irony.