ANC uses suffering to suit political agenda

2017-02-08 06:01

THE Democratic Alliance is committed to a two-state solution with Jerusalem as the shared capital. This includes a return to the 1967 boarders, an end to the settlement expansions as well as the controversial wall and the right of return of refugees.

The right to Palestinian self-determination and the establishment of their state is indisputable and must be a reality if peace is to prevail. The sooner the settlements cease, the earlier this can be achieved.

While millions around the world pray for peace in this strife-torn region, the ANC uses the opportunity to stoke emotions despite its own glaring hypocrisy. This manufactured rage does not assist in achieving the desired outcome and is energy which should be directed to solutions instead.

The party’s president has asked people not to travel to Israel or Palestine except if it to promote peace. Yet ANC MPs in departments such as water and sanitation have already been there. Meanwhile, people of the Abrahamic faiths will travel there for religious purposes anyway, despite the ANC president’s call.

Out on the street, the ANC openly supports the BDS movement. Yet their MPs in the trade and industry portfolio have made it abundantly clear that trade relations between the countries will persist and that their deployees in the department of home affairs will establish other working relationships.

Meanwhile, the question of the sales of military hardware remains unanswered, and the collaboration in the intelligence sector continues.

We have heard of weak-kneed, peace-making efforts from the ANC, but the truth is that since Madiba’s era there has been nothing by noisy and empty rhetoric.

In contrast, the DA has made strides to begin a process of trade which includes the Palestinian authority. Diplomatic ties, despite civil society calls to sever this, remain strong. And rightfully so, so that all channels of communication remain open and the doors of dialogue are not shut. This is vital in ending atrocities and ensuring peace.

The ANC’s latest pronouncements are typical of everything it stands for. The suffering of people, no matter where they live, must never be used to suit a political agenda. The tactic, of trying to divide South Africans, is simply a pathetic effort to deflect from its own miserable track record when it comes to service delivery.

The people of South Africa will no longer be fooled.

Dr Imran Keeka, MPL

Democratic Alliance, KZN


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