Stuart Pringle from Cape Town pens a response to David Gant's letter warning the Democratic Alliance to avoid heading into a 'white minority corner'.
"Finally, I can stop being a colour."
After we had both voted for the first time in our lives in 1994, these were the words my friend Peter said to me at the end of a long campaign taking the DP's message of non-racism to communities in rural Eastern Cape, from Committees Drift to Keiskammahoek.
We were part of a team of young South Africans from diverse backgrounds, committed to building one nation, with one future, and it was more than just a slogan that has carried through into the Democratic Alliance of today. Our vision was of a country where everyone would be judged in terms of the content of their character, not the colour of their skin.
David Gant's warning about the DA ("Beware of a white minority corner", News24, 3 July 2021) is probably well-meant, but he appears to have swallowed the ANC's propaganda that there is something wrong with having white people in some positions of political leadership, as though this is somehow regressive and that only leaders who happen to be black can be regarded as legitimate. It also harks back to the notion that, by virtue of their skin colour, people are representative of those with the same skin colour, irrespective of the content of their character.
Democratic Alliance not interested in being a colour
We are all South Africans, and the Democratic Alliance is the most racially diverse political party in the country and its leadership at national, provincial and local levels reflects that. Some of those leaders will be white, some of them will be black, some of them will be coloured and some of them will be Indian but all of them are committed to ridding South Africa of the legacy of our divided past.
In a diverse political party, where leaders are elected based on the content of their character and not on their skin colour, that is as it should be. At its recent policy conference, the Democratic Alliance unveiled policies to improve the quality of life and future prospects of all South Africans, which almost three decades of race-based redress policies have failed to do.
The Democratic Alliance isn't interested in being a colour. We are invested in building one nation, with one future, as we were in 1994 when many of us voted for the very first time.
- Stuart Pringle is from Somerset West, Cape Town.
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