DA 'most diverse party in SA'

2011-08-22 08:33

Johannesburg - The Democratic Alliance on Sunday rejected a media report that there was little transformation in the party and all of its executive directors were white.

"The DA is the most diverse party in South Africa in every respect...our executive director team is not all-white as claimed in the article," DA federal council chairperson James Selfe said.

He said that 58% of staff at the party's head office in Cape Town, and 53% of national staff, were "previously disadvantaged" South Africans.

The statement followed a report in The Sunday Independent newspaper that the party was not "walking the transformation talk" by hiring an all-white team of executive directors to run its daily affairs.

Selfe denied the claim, adding that the party was in the process of re-structuring, which included further staff diversification.

"Some of the DA's top black staff members and managers were elected as public representatives following this year's local election."

"Party rules prohibit them from being both staff members and public representatives."

The newspaper claimed there were allegations of nepotism after party CEO Jonathan Moakes hired his wife Khurshed as executive director of support services.

Selfe said Moakes was appointed on merit in a process overseen by him and not the CEO.

  • saabnut - 2011-08-22 08:41

    To all the naysayers- THE TRUTH HURTS. Where has cadre deployment for the sake of colour parity gotten the working class in SA? Nowhere, nowhere, nowhere. First fix the structures, and then worry about colour.

      saabnut - 2011-08-22 08:45

      "The newspaper claimed there were allegations of nepotism after party CEO Jonathan Moakes hired his wife Khurshed as executive director of support services." My, my- nepotism in South Africa. Must be a white party, because this type of thing definitely doesn't happen in the ANC...

      ReThan - 2011-08-22 09:06

      What a JOKE! ANC is almost ALL BLACK, SO WHAT NOW?

      Welleducated - 2011-08-22 09:11

      It is obvoius theat the ANC are now paying under the table to get some propaganda going at the newspeper in question. The ANC are a force that is so corrupt, that not even the tip has been seen. Corruption runs so deap that the newspapers cannot even print the real stories behind the corrupt machine called the ANC. What we need is a real independent invetigation into all ANC areas from municipalities to politicians.

      Steen - 2011-08-22 09:53

      Why is DA denying this, they know that their Exec is mainly made of white people, even ANC 90% of their exec is black if not 100% no need for them to defend themselves it is a common knowledge

      King Msendi - 2011-08-22 11:39

      @Welleducated… If ANC is paying that newspaper, it means that DA is also paying City Press to spread its propaganda. Why do you blame ANC if a newspaper is writing negative stories about DA while applauding City press if writing about the ANC… Don't hate the opposite player, Play the game to the best of your ability… Only vote will remove ANC from power… Get as more votes as you can or endure the pain of being ruled by the corrupt ANC…

      amos - 2011-08-22 15:06

      Both the DA & ANC are on the gravy train. The difference is that whilst the ANC panders to the black majority the DA has the white minority above every thing else.

      farmworker - 2011-08-22 15:30

      @ReThan put your brain to a good use. If you think ANC is too black then why not join it. DA is too white at the top level, while the mojority of those voted for it are blacks

      John - 2011-08-22 18:17

      Truth is the ANC is the blackest party in SA (few other races) and also by far the most racist.

      Sentient_Entity - 2011-08-22 19:36

      So many humans speak of the racial composition of their political parties. Have any of you ever wondered if the racial composition of your political parties will make any difference to your lives in terms of the social and economic preferences you desire. It could be that I do not understand humanity as well as I had previously thought. Of the two competing species of human in your portion of the planet, do the Negroid and Caucasoid species of human actually desire different things from their local society and economy? Do both of these species of human desire ownership of a reliable vehicle? Do both species desire accumulated ownership of a comfortable size dwelling with in a 20 year period of low interest baring mortgage? Do both species desire a stable economic environment with in which they may invest a portion of their earned resources in order to accumulate wealth over the decades of there lives? Do both species desire an economic environment that will attract foreign investment to expand and develop local infrastructure that benefits both species? Based on our analysis of your local economic environment, even the poorest members of your society who earn less than 3000 units of your currency per month would be able to achieve financial independence with in a period of 10 earth years by applying the simplest investment practices. Don't all of you want the same things? I struggle to understand the relevance of your political parties racial composition?

      Steve Wonderboy - 2011-08-22 21:50

      @Sentient_Entity If only they wanted the same thing. Unfortunately they don't. One is for results. The other is for revenge. Take a guess which is which.

  • Grant - 2011-08-22 08:41

    Come on then, veggie, farmworker, polio, etc, here is an opportunity for more of your mindless and racist political posturing!

      Grant - 2011-08-22 08:59

      When are the people of this wonderful country going to learn that skill, ability, experience and integrity are the criteria required for success in all walks of life and that these transcend colour.

      Smindlo - 2011-08-22 09:48

      viva DA viva!!!!!!!!!!

  • Shadoz - 2011-08-22 08:41

    and so shamefully low do the people who are against change and no corruption sink.

  • Georgie Porgie - 2011-08-22 08:53

    I'm no politician but here's the most important question which the whole future of south africa hinges on and its this: When will the time arrive (if ever) when it is POLITICALY CORRECT to no longer refer to people (all races) as the previous disadvantaged or as the current advantaged. Even the blind can see the obvious that policy dictates that this will continue unabated and beyond where the roles are reversed. The previous advantaged now need to be made to become the current disadvantaged and the previous disadvantaged are (swiftly for those in high places) now the current advantaged.

      phumlanim - 2011-08-22 13:32

      simple after 300years it has taken 300years for the africans to claim back their land which is still in the hands of the europians

      Colin - 2011-08-22 20:17

      @phumie after 300 years our tax is still feeding the africans,in zim we gave back their land and now they are all starving and we have to feed them too, when will they start doing something for themselves

  • Ricky - 2011-08-22 08:55

    @sganja - tell us, which is the most diverse party in South Africa? Hmmmm. I will boycott the sunday times. So much for free and fair press, these guys seem to be running an agenda supporting certain political parties at the cost of others who are doing their job.

      allie - 2011-08-22 09:03

      S-Gang,so why don`t you and your fellow idiots don`t join the DA so it can change colour?

      sganja - 2011-08-22 09:11

      Hey Ricky of course is Anc man....... @Allies How can I join the party that represents the past. They always disagree with everything Anc is saying including freedom charter, so Da has no vision.

      UnionJack - 2011-08-22 09:27

      @Ricky - it was the sunday independent, my friend ...

      amos - 2011-08-22 15:12

      Ricky will do well to research who owns most of the papers in the country. Definitely NOT the ANC or the Black Man / Woman.

  • Zebelon - 2011-08-22 09:02

    Talking of nepotism in DA! How about all the Sisulus in ANC government, from father down to the last offspring. How about the man and wife combination in the ANC cases of Modises, Nqakulas, Tshwetes, the long list goes on and on, in national, provincial, and local levels. Start cleaning up the rot in the ruling party first if you want to eliminate nepotism and give all citizens a fair chance in the wealth of this country.

      Nipcat - 2011-08-22 11:29

      Exactly. If Mr is working for a government department you can bet your bottom dollar that Mrs is also working for a government department, and all earn salaries way above their capabilities!

      amos - 2011-08-22 15:25

      Did you forget the Cweles..Sheryl the Convict still being paid the ratepayers money for HOW MANY YEARS NOW? All because she is connected to a high ranking ANC official. I believe that the the salary she is collecting whilst NOT doing any work[she is on a fully paid suspension] would have repaired every Road in the HCM of its potholes and more.

  • Reader - 2011-08-22 09:03

    Shame....The ANC has got nothing better to do with their time and money.

  • braveinternetguy - 2011-08-22 09:10

    Voters of South Africa: There clearly are viable alternatives to the ANC when it comes to the governance of this country...PLEASE be a responsible citizen and vote for A FUTURE. We all desparately need transformation and liberation - ironically, more than anyone else, the poor and uneducated. We all deserve an accountable, responsible, capable and FORWARD-LOOKING government.

      LUTHULIHOUSE - 2011-08-22 10:57

      @braveinternetguy--please STOP thinking that because DA make sense to you therefore everyone should fall for it, I am currently ANC and would gladly look at ACDP as an alternative, why specifically the DA?

      euro-african - 2011-08-22 11:10

      Its obviously clear from your stupidity you are from Luthulihouse. Internet guy does not mention the DA. His advocating that you dont vote for the corrupt and racist anc party. Vote for anyone else, just not the anc.

      changeisGood - 2011-08-22 11:19

      @euro-african you are too obsessed with the DA get over yoursel, can't you see Luthuli is saying any other alternative but the DA, get over yourself and start practising to read properly before making a comment that makes you look stupid.

      euro-african - 2011-08-22 11:25

      Changeisgood, you too must be an anc member. Comprehension not your main attribute. I’m not advocating for the DA. I’m asking South Africans not to vote for the racist corrupt anc. Please choose any OTHER alternative besides the anc. The anc .... oh forget it, it’s like talking to a thick brick wall.

      amos - 2011-08-22 15:28

      I agree but the DA is definitely NOT the vehicle.

      Rev. H-Cubed - 2011-08-22 18:16

      Given the current "vehicle", walking is even a better option.

  • Zolani - 2011-08-22 09:10

    Any party but the new anc ? What a joke

  • African - 2011-08-22 09:12

    What is previously disadvantaged? Coloureds? Everybody knows white people run that party, it does not even need a debate. Most diverse? you must be joking.

      Shrek - 2011-08-22 09:19

      I think we should all wait to see what happens with the ANC. This county will belong to the whites again after 2018 mark my words!!!!!

      Bob - 2011-08-22 09:22

      And who runs the ANC, a bunch of thieving corrupt people who claim to be disadvantaged, well they are certainly making up for that now, but only for their own individual selves, they just get ignorant people like you to vote them in and believe them.

      Nipcat - 2011-08-22 11:31

      So what if the DA is run by mostly white people. The anc, which is run by black people, is not doing so hot.

      phumlanim - 2011-08-22 13:35

      its possible, i agree with yuo if the ANC continues to elect leaders based on how he can toy-toyi and sing liberation songs

      Colin - 2011-08-22 20:20

      african you haven't read a newspaper since 1984? the anc controls the country and the money and makes the laws, the reason you still poor is because the anc steals everything, the anc is oppressing you and laughing at you and you too stupid to notice

  • Mzo - 2011-08-22 09:15

    It is not to say that competence is dependent of being representative. However in SA, where people still largely view everything through the prism of race, it is important that you have the right image. This means that coloured and black people in the province should aspire to positions within the DA and the DA held municipalities, and this is done through seeing as possible for them rise to the mid-top echelon of the party. Any suspicion that the party may be keeping out black of colour spells the end of the party's electorate in the province - coloureds.

      Grant - 2011-08-22 09:36

      Mzo, good first paragraph, could not agree with you more. Maybe you should concede that competence is the all encompassing criteria and the the DA not only realizes this but are developing people - instead of simply placing cadre's in position for which they are not competent, simply to be representative.

      Mad Hatter - 2011-08-22 10:13

      Mzo - Thats the balance i think they are trying to reach ,getting to representative levels through targeting promising young people of colour to come through the ranks into higher profile positions. Ask your self how the DA differentiates itself from the ANC ? Service delivery (auditor general reports), they beat that drum all the time , its their competative advantage. Now , just pushing someone into positions for the sake of colour correctness poses a high risk to that advantage(tough to maintain), therefore they will be selective. On the otherhand i think any aspiring 'person of colour' to politics has far more potential in the DA than any other party. Growing party , looking for candidates . NFP you'll get shot. ANC is chock full and Cope is well ...... Cope.

  • Komasa - 2011-08-22 09:20

    Of course my comment was deleted, taking critism is never been the western culture strong point.

      Grant - 2011-08-22 09:31

      'critism' as you put it is not the issue - mindless and racist hate speech is!

      Komasa - 2011-08-22 09:44

      There was nothing racist about my comment only the truth. I take it you took exception to the underwear comment. The point remains James Selfe has not answered the question, but I geuss his answer would 'no blacks qualified enough' for executive positions not even Lindiwe.

      Grant - 2011-08-22 09:59

      Actually Komasa, I did not see the comment before it was deleted - my reply was simply based on the majority of the comments I see posted by you! Do the huge numbers of 'thumbs down' that you receive not give you a clue that your viewpoints (as much as you are entitled to them) are not popular? Abusive and aggressive comments towards people is not the way to possibly sway them to your way of thinking! Only a calm, reasoned approach will achieve that.

      LUTHULIHOUSE - 2011-08-22 11:03

      my problem is that why is every DA supporter is trying so hard to convince us that the DA is a better alternative, what about other alternatives that make more sense to me like UDM, ACDP, PAC and NFP, Zanele Magwaza Msibi, those political parties represent an alternative as far as I am concerned NOT the DA.

      Komasa - 2011-08-22 11:29

      @Grant your arguement is one sided like most of the comments on this site. My comments related purely to the article at hand which news24 did not like. As one of your fellow commentors stated 'the partisan media overstepped the mark'. That is the problem the minority expect exclusive moral and physical protection at all costs. And you are never 'racist' only stating the 'facts'.

      Colin - 2011-08-22 20:21

      and the facts are always racist?

      Steve Wonderboy - 2011-08-22 22:00

      @LUTHULIHOUSE You can definitely vote for those alternative parties, then see how quickly the politicians of the ANC jump ship to join them. And in no time they will be just as corrupt. The ANC is like a cancer that will infect just about any party given a chance.

  • Harambe - 2011-08-22 09:26

    One reason I will never ever vote this self-proclaimed multi-racial DA is the tendency to defend White interests ahead of those of the poor majority. The ANC is not the best political party @ the moment neither is the DA that uses Black faces as tokens. Down with the racists.

      euro-african - 2011-08-22 10:05

      The anc was so desperate to make itself look multi-racial to minorities, that they were willing to take their old nemesis (National Party), and make these racists part of the anc. The anc have learned well from their previous masters on how to be racist and use segregation to benefit themselves (too many Indians here, too many whites there and these coloreds must definitely move). I will never vote for a party that only looks out for the interests of black anc members. The anc looks down on minorities, even those within its own ranks (Trevor Manuel, Jeremy Cronin). There is no place for non-blacks within the anc.

      Kleinjan - 2011-08-22 11:01

      Oh, so they come here with their white tendencies?? Bloody agents!

      LUTHULIHOUSE - 2011-08-22 11:07

      AMEN to that Harambe....DA is NOT a best Alternative as far as I am concerned, let us give a chance to parties like UDM, ACDP, NFP and even PAC.

      willieman - 2011-08-22 11:38

      harambe what are you smoking ,please do not mix it with any other thing.Start to think and stop depending on HEARSAY

  • jackswan - 2011-08-22 09:27

    The DA must stand up to the attacks of the radical and corrupt Zuma's ANC dirty tactics stance. Zuma, his corrupt cronies and the ANC is heading for a major split and an implosion as never seen in SA politics and as such are using every dirty and corrupt political means they can muster. But like Gadaffi (the ANC's tyrant friend) their reign will soon come to an end.

  • Mallyg - 2011-08-22 09:29

    ANC, before you try to take the speck out of the DA's eye, first take the log out of your own eye.

      Komasa - 2011-08-22 09:59

      @Mallyg not the sort of news we like to read about, only the mindless JuJu news.

  • Newsferret - 2011-08-22 09:43

    Another partisan blunder by a newspaper. What about the top structures withing the ANC?

      Komasa - 2011-08-22 09:59

      Complain to the media ombudsman.

  • Ma eyzeen - 2011-08-22 10:44

    when the media attack ANC we all say good good but when it happen to FFP,DA,ID,and Afro forum people they begin to say haha ha the ANC is coming up with tectics to forget about thier problems.who are trying to fool here, all these white parties are attacking the ruling party.i think they are angry,want to rule again but not in this country, maybe in Dutch or Australia not here

      changeisGood - 2011-08-22 11:21

      white tendencies, bloody agents...

  • Bankai - 2011-08-22 10:46

    LOL when the press publish stuff about ANC its freedom of speech, when it does the same about DA its ANC propaganda. I just cant believe some people I mean everyone well all literates know that ANC is for Blacks and DA is for whites so why fight it, in a million yaers we will have a black person running DA

      changeisGood - 2011-08-22 11:20

      I am glad that so many of us can see this. this is the imperialist idiologies, bloody agents.

      amos - 2011-08-22 15:53

      I would not say million years...soon there will be a nominal figure head or a puppet non-white at the head. As long as the price is right there will be many "so called black" takers. Is the DA NOT being run by "WHITE BIG business which itself is mainly not all, of Zionist origin?

  • Nox - 2011-08-22 15:23

    DA is for whites;in no way they shall ever rule South africa cos blacks are a majority.

      Rev. H-Cubed - 2011-08-22 18:35

      Another one who doesn't understand democracy. Replace the word "rule" with "govern", and try to comprehend the difference. If you can do that, you have taken the first step. Constitutional democracy shields all minorities from majority oppression, and also shields the majority against minority oppression. That was what we built to replace apartheid, and we actually made a damn fine start under Madiba, who knows exactly what it means to be a constitutional democracy. "Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another."

  • Trueblue - 2011-08-22 15:38

    The major difference here is that the DA has competent, knowledgeable people who were chosen on their experience in politics and their dedication to the policies of the DA and liberalism. These are not people who are in it for themselves because then they would be sitting in parliament earning fat salaries. Their job is even more difficult as they have a lot of work to do and they are there in support of the parliamentarians and councillors. On the other hand, the ANC is filled with people who have jobs, but who don't really know how to work. These ANC senior staff are there at the whim of whomever is the leader of the party, and they change their allegiances to suit the leadership of the time.There is little or no policy formulation as the ANC and its Tripartite Alliance comrades are incapable of moving from the Marxist-Leninist ideology which hampers them in their vision and their thinking. This is why the Tripartite Alliance has the same policies that it had in the 70s and 80s. They are still fighting apartheid, and this can be witnessed in their war chants and hate-mongering. The remaining whites, Coloureds and Indians in the ANC do not represent their own people any more, nor do they want to. If they did, they would speak out against the manner in which Affirmative Action and Employment Equity are being applied - for patronage and to promote cadre deployment of the ANC elite rather than uplifting the previously disadvantaged. DA, a truly South African party.

  • vercotti - 2011-08-22 16:13

    Previously Disadvantaged! Please call me Black.

  • ZAMSI - 2011-08-23 10:03

    DA diverse but executive is all white, we've seen that attitude from Zille when she started appointing her cabinet with all white males. What did we expect anyway...this DA will always be a white party pretending to be diverse when it needs votes from black people. They've got a nerve to say "we've used competence as a basis to appoint people", so does this mean there's no other people of colour who r competent to be serve DA in executive posts

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