DA being made a scapegoat of apartheid: the problem of misinformation

2013-05-17 08:27

While conducting a study on the political commentary about the #SecrecyBill, I discovered that there is a concerning sentiment doing the rounds. This being that the DA, should they win the national election, would proceed to reinstate apartheid.

While sifting through the data I came across a blog on a national news website which applauded survey results indicating that more than 40% of the people between 15 and 34 years old who were surveyed said that they believed that the DA would reinstate apartheid.

The ANC Western Cape applauded this as a sign of intelligence and wisdom but it didn’t sit quite right, so naturally I dug a little deeper.

Many people are of the belief that the DA is the National Party, just under a different guise but the truth of the matter is that this is not the case. The Democratic Alliance owes its existence to the counter-apartheid political party known as the Progressive Party, who during apartheid managed to obtain only one seat in parliament for thirteen years which the Progressive Party used to oppose every apartheid legislation that it was presented with. Helen Zille played her part by assisting and hiding ANC party members in her home and eventually had to go into hiding herself.

So why would the DA, which stems from the only opposition to the old government and Helen Zille, who actively aided ANC members in their fight against apartheid, want to bring it back? The answer is that neither the DA nor its leader are remotely interested in this as they are too busy fighting for equal opportunity and openness in our democracy – openness which has been placed under serious threat by the #SecrecyBill.

ANC Provincial Chairman, Marius Fransman has been quoted as saying that “thankfully the youth of today is more sophisticated and know that a leopard never changes its spots.” Base on the afore mentioned pre-liberation fight by the DA and Helen Zille, we can agree in that they continue their fight for freedom, equality and an inclusive and open society.

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